By  on November 30, 2007

PARIS — Emanuel Ungaro has found its new chief designer — Esteban Cortazar, WWD has learned.

An announcement is expected as early as today. Ungaro chief executive officer Mounir Moufarrige has a knack for making surprising designer choices. As president of Chloé, he picked the then 25-year-old Stella McCartney to succeed Karl Lagerfeld in 1997. Bogota, Colombia-born Cortazar, 23, presented his first signature collection in New York at the age of 18 and was immediately embraced by such retailers as the late Kal Ruttenstein at Bloomingdale's.

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