Esteban Cortazar may be out at Emanuel Ungaro after clashing with management over marketing strategy, WWD reports. Apparently, Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige is keen to revive the label’s ad campaigns with a celebrity face, and had been in talks with about six famous potentials, Lindsay Lohan among them. So this explains the rumors that surfaced earlier this week about Lindsay being considered for a creative consulting role with the house. But according to WWD, the celebrity Ungaro is looking to hire would have no creative input, but just pose for the ad campaigns.
Ungaro has not done a womenswear ad campaign for years. At just 25 years old, the Colombian-born Cortazar has shown three collections for the label. He put his namesake line on hold when he took the job at the age of 23. It’s unclear who Moufarrige is considering to replace him, but the executive is known for his unexpected decisions.
In this economy, Ungaro’s longing for a celebrity face — and the buzz derived thereof — isn’t surprising. But a celebrity who is most famous these days for a failed relationship, her line of spray tanner, and a strange yet expensive legging line is probably not the best choice for Ungaro and many other high-fashion houses. Why not a model like Ubah Hassan? Lakshmi Menon? Eniko Mihalik? We could go on! Or at least a celebrity without a hybrid job title.