One of the most controversial hirings in recent fashion history was Lindsay Lohan being brought on board as artistic consultant at Ungaro. The move led to the resignation of Esteban Cortazar,then designer at the high-fashion house, and countless scathing critiques come the starlet’s premiere collection presentation at fashion week this past fall. (Rumor has it Lilo’s employment may have incited the subsequent departure of Ungaro’s CEO as well.) Despite all the hubbub, it seems Halston is following suit. Sarah Jessica Parker may soon take up a similar post for that brand.
Having hit its heyday during the ’70s club era, Halston is looking to reinvigorate interest by hiring a celebrity adviser. Halston is rumored to be “courting her to become its new ambassador,” says Vogue UK. “A source close to the label claimed today that Parker may assume a creative role at the revived house.”
Granted, Parker has experience in design – her low-priced label Bitten was carried at Steve & Barry’s until it went bankrupt, but her brand made fewer waves than La Lohan’s 6126. Celebrity consultants are definitely nothing new– Chanel, for one, employs Leigh Lezark and fellow ‘it’ girls to test out products before they are finalized–but granting actresses official posts at high-fashion labels? Hasn’t the lesson of Lohan taught Halston anything?
UPDATE: WWD has confirmed that Sarah Jessica Parker will join Halston Heritage’s line; “she is expected to take an active design role, possibly even that of creative director.”