Emanuel Ungaro president and chief executive Mounir Moufarrige has resigned just two months after a collection by American actress Lindsay Lohan was slated.
Ungaro said in a statement that Moufarrige would continue to advise the French fashion house, which has had a turbulent few years since couturier Emanuel Ungaro retired in 2004. Since then, Ungaro has had several stylists and two chief executives.
A spokeswoman for Ungaro told Reuters that Moufarrige’s departure had nothing to do with Lohan and added that Lohan would stay on in her role.
The statement said: “Mounir Moufarrige has withdrawn from serving as president of Emanuel Ungaro in order to devote more time to his other businesses, namely, in the watch and jewellry industry.”
Moufarrige hired Lohan as artistic adviser for the spring 10 show in October. The collection, which featured buttocks-exposing mini-dresses and heart-shaped nipple pasties, was panned.
Marie Fournier, who used to work at Dior in licensing and has been involved in business development at Ungaro, has been appointed general manager.
As president of Chloe, Moufarrige replaced Karl Lagerfeld with Stella McCartney who was then 25 years-old.
Emanuel Ungaro is owned by American entrepreneur Asim Abdullah who bought the fashion house in 2005 from Italian house Ferragamo.
Moufarrige joined Ungaro in 2006, having previously worked at Richemont.