Yesterday in Paris, the fashion world got to see what the famed, if fading, couture house Ungaro looks like when Lindsay Lohan comes aboard as “creative consultant.” The reviews are now in … and oh là là, mes amis, they are not jolies.
Style.com called the collection, which was designed by Spain’s Estrella Archs, “a bad joke of a fashion show,” while the New York Times busted out the claws and compared Lohan’s new gig to “something akin to a McDonald’s fry cook taking the reins of a three-star Michelin restaurant.” (Oh hell yeah!) According to reports, by the time Lohan and Estrella did the meant-to-be triumphant smile-wave-and-bow at the end of the show, editors from key fashion publications had already fled. Applause was scarce.
One look at the pics from the catwalk and you can see why. The collection started off okay, with a strapless mini dress in Ungaro’s signature fuchsia, only to degenerate into an absolute merde-tastic mess comprised of high-waisted harem pants, bandeau tops adorned with hearts in the cleavage area, and a series of jackets and blouses that floated open to flash sequined pasties. Uh-huh. SEQUINED PASTIES. Stay classy, Lindsay.
In the Times article, Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige admits that his main goal in hiring Lohan was “to generate publicity.” (Also known as a publicity stunt.) But mon dieu, a reaction that can be best summed up by a body noise can’t be what Monsieur had in mind. What’s puzzling is why he thought Lohan was the right person to reinvigorate the brand in the first place. She might be obsessed with fashion, but she’s hardly been synonymous with impeccable style — much less proven herself capable of overseeing a couture label like Ungaro. Earlier this year, the self-tanning maven starred in a much ridiculed spot for the mass-produced Euro brand Fornarina. Isn’t that more her speed? Even when she guest judged on Project Runway this season, Lohan offered little in the way of actual fashion savvy. From what I recall, she mostly sat there and scowled. Oh, what I’d give to hear what Nina Garcia thought of Lohan’s Ungaro misfire. I’m guessing it’d be something along the lines of: “Lindsay, I question your taste level.”
What do you think? Is Lohan’s inauspicious debut at the Paris shows the sartorial equivalent of her last movie (that’d be Labor Pains) going directly to TV? If the acting roles are drying up and now she’s striking out in fashion, what is Lohan to do?
Photo: Estrella Archs and Lindsay Lohan; Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images