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Read This: Train Wreck on the Runway Edition

Robin Givhan does NOT approve of this. Not any of it. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Good afternoon, everyone! What did you do this weekend? Robin Givhan took in some runway shows in Paris (rough, we know!) and has some real talk for budding fashion designer Lindsay Lohan: Please find a new day job.

The sometimes-actress, now mostly-scenester was named artistic adviser of Emanuel Ungaro over the summer, "a move wholly intended to ratchet up publicity for a house that has been rapidly fading from prominence since the departure of its namesake some 10 years ago," Givhan says. (Ouch!) Here's how that arranged marriage panned out:

Lohan showed her collection Sunday afternoon in the Carrousel du Louvre. Oh how very strange and disconcerting to type such a sentence: Lohan, collection, Louvre. The city that gave the world Chanel, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, now has Lindsay.
The collection was dominated by fuchsia. It included safety-orange ruched leggings, heart prints, genie pants and heart-shaped glittering pasties. It lacked finesse, sophistication, technical skill and any evidence of good taste. Everyone involved seemed in over their head -- swept up in a giant publicity-spewing machine.
Lohan worked with chief designer Estrella Archs. The two took their bows together with Lohan in tears and Archs looking pained, suggesting they both knew what a cynical fiasco it had all been.

Elsewhere in today's Style section: Howard Kurtz on an "older and wiser" Don Imus. Nelson Pressley recaps Jane Krakowski's caberet show at the Kennedy Center. Sarah Kaufman calls Pilobolus' "Darkness and Light" "exhilirating."

And, if you missed it, check out Adam Bernstein's obituary of Mercedes Sosa, who died Sunday at age 74.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 5, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
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