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Emanuel Ungaro chief designer quits label

Emanuel Ungaro’s chief designer Estrella Archs has left the French luxury fashion house.

Archs was hired last year to work beside actress Lindsay Lohan, who was employed as the label’s artistic adviser.

Emanuel Ungaro told Vogue that Archs had left because of: “irreconcilable differences related to the creative direction of the brand”.

Archs will continue to develop her own brand, established in 2007, and present her collections at Paris Fashion Week.

The debut collaborative Archs and Lohan collection for Emanuel Ungaro drew a lot of criticism from the press when it showed at Paris Fashion Week in October.

Archs then showed a second Ungaro collection in March following reports that the label had already cut ties with Lohan.

Emanuel Ungaro is understood to be meeting with potential replacements for Archs. WWD reported that Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah was spotted having lunch with designer Giles Deacon, prompting rumours that the London designer may join the brand.

Emanuel Ungaro has had a string of designers at the helm since the retirement of its founder in 2004. Vincent Darre, Peter Dundas, Esteban Cortezar and Estrella Archs have all come and gone from the label over the past five years.

Emanuel Ungaro was rumoured to be seeking a buyer last month but Abdullah denied the speculation.

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