The already convoluted plot at Ungaro just got thicker. On Monday, Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah was spotted having lunch with Giles Deacon and, naturally, rumors ran rampant that he of the Triceratops bags was next in line to helm the plagued brand.
There was one catch, though: designer Estrella Archs was still in place.
But now, via Vogue UK, comes the news that Archs has left her position at the French fashion house. A spokesperson confirmed:
“Estrella Archs announces that she has left her job as chief designer of Emanuel Ungaro due to irreconcilable differences related to the creative direction of the brand. Estrella Archs will continue developing her own brand, established in 2007, and presenting her collections in the Paris Fashion Week.”
Archs was hired in 2008 with the unwieldy task of turning the ailing brand around — and to top it off, former president Mounir Moufarrige installed troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan as the house’s Creative Advisor. The Lohan-Archs collaboration debuted in October 2009 and was deemed a total disaster. Lohan has since left (read: was canned) and Moufarrige resigned in December.
For what it’s worth, the president of 6126 — Lohan’s legging-turned-clothing line — claims the actress is a model employee. The LA Timesreports:
“In two years, she’s never let me down,” Kristi Kaylor said. “She’s never not returned an email or a phone call. A lot of the media – I stopped reading it. They are so hard on her. There’s such another story.
I work with her, and she comes to every meeting on time. She’s very engaged. It’s such a different thing when you sit with her. You get a sense of her passion about fashion. I believe she will always be there for the brand. At the end of the day, she has a heart of gold. She just needs people to believe in her.”
Deacon would be Ungaro’s fifth creative director in five years.