No one ever said fashion wasn’t fickle. Exactly one season after Ungaro hired Lindsay Lohan as their “artistic advisor,” it appears the French fashion house has fired her.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Lohan was conspicuously absent from the firm’s Paris fashion show on Monday morning and owner Asim Abdullah told the publication that the she was ”not involved in this collection.”
Though certainly a short tenure, the change shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who read the dire reviews garnered by Lohan’s pink-heavy and heart-happy first collection. (Hint: pasties were involved.) Co-conceived with the then newly-installed Spanish designer Estrella Archs, Ungaro’s Spring 2010 line was largely panned and resulted in the starlet taking her runway bow in tears.
And that’s not all. Aside from a revolving door of designers (former head designer Esteban Cortezar, whom Archs was hired to replace, allegedly chose to quit rather than work with Lohan), the once iconic fashion house has been mired by financial difficulties and combating execs.
Mounir Moufarrige, the former CEO and president of Ungaro who hired Lohan, left the company in December — less than a month after the NY Post reported rumors that he was locked in a “fierce battle” with owner Abdullah over the star’s role. With department stores reportedly refusing to carry the line if Lohan remained involved, it looks like Abdullah won out, but to what effect?
Arch’s solo-designed Fall 2010 collection was deemed “fine and cute, but not special” by WWD, and we’d go so far as to call it “stale” and “uninspired.” That said, Arch certainly hasn’t been dealt the best hand and she’s so far handled it with humility. Hopefully she’ll have her sea legs (and the support of the brand executives behind her) by September.
And finally, this Lohan controversy may serve as a death knell to the waning trend of celebrity designers (or “artistic advisors”, etc.). We certainly hope so.