It's been one of the fashion world's most hyped will-they-won't-they stories of the past few months, but today Emanuel Ungaro is expected to officially announce the departure of head designer Esteban Cortazar. Colombian-born Cortazar has been at the centre of recent controversy for his dissent over Ungaro's proposed change in marketing strategy, including a move towards celebrity endorsement for the brand after CEO Mounir Moufarrige was said to have approached Lindsay Lohan for a possible creative role. First there were rumours of a legal suit, then last month the designer insisted he was trying to work out his differences with the design house, but now Cortazar and Ungaro are said to have finally arrived at a separation. The decision is apparently ‘by mutual agreement' and as of yet no future successors have been named. Cortazar had shown only three collections for the French fashion house, which has now had a series of three head designers over the past five years. [WWD]
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