Designer Dish. Cortazar Gone From Ungaro, Now Taking Legal Action.

June 8, 2009 • Fashion

Esteban Cortazar

Exactly a week ago, SCS reported that Lindsay Lohan was looking to take on a role as a creative consultant for Emanuel Ungaro. Yet instead of welcoming the controversial starlet into the fashion house with open arms, head designer Estaban Cortazar threatened he would leave the label if Lohan signed on. Now one week later, reports are circulating that not only is Colombian-born Cortazar out of the Ungaro house due to disputes with management over marketing strategies, but the young designer is planning to take legal action against the luxe label. Though the house is expected to settle, Ungaro reps are trying to keep the legal details under wraps.

It is speculated that Cortazar was unable to come to a resolution with Mounir Moufarrige, Ungaro's chief executive officer, over plans for the label's future ad campaigns. The high end house has not launched an ad campaign for their womenswear line in 25 years and Moufarrige was keen on incorporating a celebrity face to revitalize the label's look. Lohan was seemingly being considered among other young and edgy celebrity faces. Though WWD reported that the celebrity chosen for the campaign would only pose for advertisements and not have any actual creative input, Cortazar was convinced that such measures would compromise the integrity of the brand. He felt so strongly on the issue that he threatened to leave the house after his successful run of three runway collections.

Emanuel Ungaro's Fall 2009 show

On Friday the head of house called the 25 year old designer's bluff and said he was through. Options for Cortazar's replacement are still unclear, but Moufarrige has been known to make brow-raising and unexpected decisions. Though the house is expected to settle out of court in this new legal development, Ungaro reps are trying to keep the details of the suit under wraps.

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