Fashion Diary: Lindsay Lohan named artistic adviser of house of Ungaro *
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Gossip, first impressions, trends in the making, celebrities and style setters. A regular feature by fashion critic Booth Moore.In what seems to be a desperate bid for relevance, the troubled house of Emanuel Ungaro announced today the appointment of Lindsay Lohan as artistic adviser [UPDATED 12 p.m. An earlier version of this post’s story and headline stated that Lindsay Lohan was Ungaro’s new artistic director. She is the artistic advisor]. Estrella Archs (who has worked for Nina Ricci, Emilio Pucci, Christian Lacroix and Prada) was named chief designer. Apparently, the two have been collaborating on the spring collection which will be shown in Paris on Oct. 4.
‘Twenty-first century muses are extroverts whose personal style and experience gives them strong creative and artistic focus. Thus our vision of combining the eye of the ultimate luxury consumer, a celebrity,’ said Mounir Moufarrige, president of Emanuel Ungaro.
The house was bought by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Asim Abdullah in 2003 and has had a revolving door of designers since then, most recently Miami wunderkind Esteban Cortizar.
It’s a puzzling move for several reasons, the least of which is that Lohan’s status as muse is questionable. (Doesn’t she have a line of leggings?) In a time when everyone is mad for the 1980s, and so many designers (Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim) have dipped into the Ungaro archives for inspiration -- the brash prints, sculpted sleeves and ruffled cocktail confections -- it’s sad that the original house cannot get it together. Oh well, who knows? Maybe it will work. Stranger things have happened. One thing’s for sure: We’ll all be paying attention.
-- Booth Moore