Sources tell WWD that acclaimed designer Esteban Cortazar will be leaving his post as head designer for Emanuel Ungaro. Colombiano Cortazar is said to have reached an impasse with Ungaro management over its marketing and advertising strategy. Earlier this week there were reports that the French fashion house planned to hire troubled Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan as a “creative consultant” for the clothing line. "Esteban is threatening to leave the company if they bring Lindsay on as a consultant," a fashion insider told the NY Post, "It has been a revolving door of designers there and if he leaves, his team will go with him."
According to WWD, Ungaro’s chief executive officer, Mounir Moufarrige, is pushing for a celebrity for future ad campaigns to help wake up the house, and has been in talks with about half a dozen potential candidates, including Lindsay Lohan, but they would have nothing to do with design.
There is no word yet on who will replace Cortazar.