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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 10/ 5/2009

Lilo's Latest Fashion Flop

By Liz Kelly

Lindsay Lohan (right) and designer Estrella Arch walk the runway after the debut of the Ungaro collection. (Getty Images)

This weekend, Lindsay Lohan made her runway debut at Paris Fashion Week with Ungaro's spring/summer/hell freezes over 2010 collection. And, as chroniclers of Lilo's fashion career will know, this is only the latest in a string of Lohan's attempts to spread her hooker Barbie aesthetic.

Lohan's first foray into the fashion world was in 2008 with her line of 6126 Leggings. Designs included leggings with convenient built-in kneepads. She recently starred -- along with a stripper pole -- in a new ad campaign for this year's offerings.

As if covering one's legs in ill-used lycra weren't enough, Lohan's next attempt to suffocate or otherwise poison one's skin in the name of fashion came in the form of Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist, which I product tested with disastrously orange results earlier this year.

But however snarky the reaction to her earlier attempts, reception for Lohan's Ungaro collection, to put it mildly, ranged from disgust to icy rebuke:

"It lacked finesse, sophistication, technical skill and any evidence of good taste." -- The Post's Robin Givhan

"...quite simply, an embarrassment." -- Women's Wear Daily

"It was perhaps the first catwalk show that could be happily summed up on Twitter, which was quite possibly the intention." -- The Guardian

Ouch. Maybe that explains the pained look on designer Estrella Arch's face in the photo at right. Apparently realizing the ickiness she'd had a hand in creating, Arch told Women's Wear Daily that the collection was "designed very quickly." But most of the blame likely rests squarely on the shoulders of kneepad legging inventor and Ungaro "artistic advisor" Lohan. What is an "artistic advisor" anyway? According to Ungaro president Mounir Mouffarige Lohan's job is to be "a dancing, swinging, living doll" and "a moving advertising campaign" for the brand.

Lohan's "swinging" artistic advising was apparently also responsible for the proliferation of heart-shaped pasties that several grim-faced models wore under open blazers (see them after the jump). Said Lohan in an interview after the show, "It's not good to show your nipples so they should be covered."

Always good advice. Send a case to Janet Jackson, stat.

Lohan's influence: Does this heart make my butt look big? (Reuters)

More pix of Lilo's runway disaster after the jump and full Fashion Week coverage here...


(Maria Valentino for The Washington Post)

(Maria Valentino for The Washington Post)

(Maria Valentino for The Washington Post)

By Liz Kelly  | October 5, 2009; 11:50 AM ET
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"It's not good to show your nipples so they should be covered."
- Lindsay Lohan

"Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones."
- Major Kong

Posted by: byoolin1 | October 5, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Said Lohan in an interview after the show, "It's not good to show your nipples so they should be covered."

Is that a new found self-awareness or an incredible display of irony?

Also, who would've guessed that Lilo could've found something to make her music career look like a good career choice?

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | October 5, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It's not good to show your nipples, but it's okay to go pantyless and show everything else? Allrighty then.

Ah yes, the ubiquitous stripper pole, the skank celeb's new must-have accessory.

Posted by: Californian11 | October 5, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope the white outfit pictured here is a bathing suit and beach cover combo.

Overall, it looks like pretty generic real-women-don't-wear-this couture; it's no skankier (except for that disturbing white suit) than a lot of things other designers have paraded before. So basically, what Robin Givhan said.

Posted by: northgs | October 5, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to Robin Givhan...and she deserves it all... it ain't a proper fashion show until two fabulous gays from Philadelphia comment about it on their blog.

And so far, no comment.

I'll do the same. Besides, Robin has pretty much summed up my thoughts perfectly. And now I must paste heart stickers the nipples Lindsay exposed in that Vanity Fair spread last year....

Posted by: mdreader01 | October 5, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"It's not good to show your nipples so they should be covered."
- Lindsay Lohan

Glad someone finally told her. Now if they'd just explain to her about panties....

Posted by: dablues1 | October 5, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Does Lindsay have anyone advising her besides Dina? Who thought this was a good idea?

Posted by: TigerLily81 | October 5, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This woman was a judge on "Project Runway"? How far we've fallen as a society. (mdreader01, Word on TLo. Can't wait to hear their commentary.)

Lighten up; it's just fashion. Things could be worse. Lindsay Lohan could have decided to get involved in diplomatic affairs or nuclear physics or something.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 5, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

How I miss Anouk Aimée and the halcyon days of the House of Ungaro!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 5, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

One shouldn't show nipples. Yes, that is why SHIRTS were invented. Try that under a blazer instead of pasties.

But, considering some of the other things seens on the runways, this was pretty tame.

Posted by: epjd | October 5, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

While I agree the clothes are ugly, it's silly to blame Lindsay. She had no more input into designing these clothes than the $1 an hour illegal immigrant who works in the sweat shop sewing the clothes. She is just a celebrity who sold her name to give publicity to a designer. All the talk about her designing the clothes is standard Hollywood p.r. baloney. Does anyone honestly believe all the celebs who have perfumes were in some chemistry lab designing the mix of ingredients. Or the celebs who have restaurants have anything to do with the menu. Heck, 99 percent of celeb autobiographies are written by ghost authors. Lindsay's only real input was cashing a check and showing up at the party.

Posted by: buffysummers | October 5, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

You know, I've been wondering how to update my closet full of blazers and suits. Maybe I should ditch the blouses for heart shaped pasties? Imagine the reception I'd get at the courthouse when I show up in my Lohan inspired outfit!

Posted by: newengland1 | October 5, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Heck, 99 percent of celeb autobiographies are written by ghost authors.

That could start to explain how Sarah Palin could whip out her book in a mere 4 months. Along with a large type font, double-spaced lines, and blank pages between short chapters...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I get it. Lindsay wasn't telling people it's not good to show one's nipples. She was reminding herself.

Posted by: lolyla | October 5, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Truly horrible and deserves the pans it received.

Even us Lizard know that pleated pants are out! Look at the horrible onesided pleat on the black pants. Looks likes like an eigth grade sewing project gone wrong.

Posted by: hodie2 | October 5, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Estrella = not pleased

Posted by: lolyla | October 5, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

buffysummers: The Other Paper's coverage did suggest LiLo had a strong hand in the collection, even citing a seamstress who declined to do further restyling on a dress until "Mam'selle" made up her mind.

Posted by: MaxineofArc | October 5, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Haha, this post makes me laugh. I'd venture to say that 99.99% of what I've seen on runways are just totally unrealistic for any woman to wear in real life. Most are pretty tasteless (and unattractive) too so this falls right in with any other designer. In fact, I completely ignore anything they design for runways and judge them based on the designs for the red carpet and what actually ends up in stores. When Lilo is attached to a store brand, alert me, but until then it doesn't affect me one iota.

Posted by: lafilleverte | October 5, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute....she has leggings with built-in knee pads?! Where do I begin? Lohan leggings: designs for a crack-h0, by a crack-h0.

Posted by: linz2 | October 5, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

LiLo's heart pasties are an exercise in in transvestism. They enable a woman to have a heart on.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | October 5, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I heartily agree that LL is no fashion designer but Ms. Givhan also wrote this: "the collection Rei Kawakubo unveiled Saturday night was a fascinating and accessible blend of sculptural forms, contrasting prints, frothy feminine fabrics and hard-edged swagger."
To which I say, you gotta be kiddin! It was a mess! Has anyone looked at the pictures? Accessible to whom? Nothing in Kawakubo's collection could be worn by a "normal" person. Ridiculous.

Posted by: pras40 | October 5, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Estrella is such a racist. Lindsay is a wonderful stylist, but Lopez' style is much more well developed and sharp, yet Estrella chose the teen anglo association for business. So Cruz the stupid bimbo isn't the only reason why the Spanish suck.

Posted by: Ede8 | October 12, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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