'Lindsay’s collaboration was a disaster,' fumes Emanuel Ungaro

11 November 2009

Emanuel Ungaro

Today’s lesson about fashion from Graziadaily: living designers don’t like to see other designers take over their labels. Of course, Emanuel Ungaro, whose name now sits on labels inside clothes co-designed by Lindsay Lohan, probably has more right to complain than most. And this week he did start complaining…

'Lindsay Lohan's collaboration was a disaster,' said the designer on Monday night. 'I am furious but I can't do anything about it.' Emanuel was speaking at a public meeting during the International Film Festival in Estoril, and was quick to wash his hands of any links with the label from which he retired in 2005. Since then, various names have played pass the Ungaro parcel, with Estrella Archs eventually replacing Esteban Cortazar as head designer. Esteban had refused to work with Li-Lo, who was then named artistic director of the label, working on their critically panned S/S '10 collection with Estrella. The words ‘lucky escape’ spring to mind, right?

Emanuel obviously still has a sad nostalgia for the fashion house he started, saying it 'is in the process of losing its soul', before continuing, 'That happens to a lot of designers. We were the creators and patrons, responsible for the creation and destiny of our houses. But when we gave up our houses, we gave up our souls.' His comments come as Tom Ford reveals the 'negative experience' he had at YSL because of the way the late Yves St Laurent and partner Pierre treated him. Note to new designers, your predecessors may not give it all up without a fight… or at least a few choice words. [The Independent]


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