PARIS — Estrella Archs, the chief designer hired last year to work beside artistic adviser Lindsay Lohan at Emanuel Ungaro, is exiting the French fashion house.

Citing “irreconcilable differences related to the creative direction of the brand,” Archs said she left her job and will focus on developing her signature brand, established in 2007 and shown on the runway during Paris Fashion Week.

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As reported, Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah has been trolling for new fashion talent in plain sight, spotted by WWD last week lunching with popular London-based designer Giles Deacon — and Ungaro’s management team — at fashion canteen Le Relais Plaza.

Ungaro had no comment Tuesday on the departure of Archs and said it would name a new creative director in due course.

Arch’s debut Ungaro collection last October at Lohan’s side was pilloried by the press. She showed a second Ungaro collection last March, with Lohan already out the door.

Engaging a controversial celebrity to wake up a sleepy house was the brainchild of Mounir Moufarrige, the former company president who parted ways with Ungaro last December.

Known for feminine frills, polka dots and the color fuchsia, Ungaro has seen a revolving door of designers since the retirement of its founder in 2004.

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