Nicolla Formacheti - Lady GaGa's legendary stylist was recently appointed creative director of Thierry Mugler. He'll remain GaGa's stylist while taking on his new title. Already he has worked on the mens collection, which Lady GaGa remixed the music for (but did not attend) and the A/W 2011 show in Paris this month will be his first women's. He is half-Japanese, half-Italian who moved to London when he was 20 years old. He has an impressive resume in fashion which includes being fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan, which GaGa covered- dressed as a man a few months ago.
Mugler has been around the industry for a while but recently business has been slow- enter Nicolla. "I want people to get excited again. Not just fashion people." Which is suppose means that the collection will be and exciting mix of style, innovation and avant garde. Kind of like GaGa herself. While Nicolla isn't much of a celebrity yet, the move reminds me of SJP over at Halston Herritage. There have been a lot of remarks on the collection, which I personally think is great - wearable but cool, as well as affordable for young people. Obviously, Mugler probably won't do anything like that but the initiative is there.
"I don't look at it as fashion. It was pop culture." Nicola has the right idea, while it seems easy, finding your inspiration to base an entire collection, or editorial, around can be hard work. Much like creative writing, it all has to fit together and be relevant to today. Your constantly editing and having to toss things out that are beautiful because they don't fit in with the idea.
"I don't want to be a 'normal' fashion brand, we are always punk and outsider." I can't wait to see what he comes up with - Paris is only a city away!
Mugler himself will no longer be very involved with the clothing but he is still in charge of the brand's fragrances - genius as they are what make the most money. He also has been designing freelance for Cirque de Solei and Beyone's I am Sasha Fierce tour.