Another shocking move in the never-ending game of fashion industry musical chairs: Nicola Formichetti is out at Mugler! His departure (a “mutual decision”) is, as they say, Kind Of A Big Deal. The influential “fashion director” singlehandedly resurrected the French fashion house in his almost 3 years as creative director, transforming the staid old brand best known for its perfume into a trailblazer for innovative, avant-garde fashion.
Formichetti has his high-profile clients, particularly Lady Gaga, to thank for much of his monumental success — Formichetti has functioned as stylist to the pop icon since 2009… as in, he is responsible for Gaga’s infamous meat dress, meat-kini, and her male alter-ego Jo Calderone. In fact, it was Gaga who persuaded him to accept the job at Mugler — the floundering brand was in the market for a “multicultural young talent,” which they found in Formichetti. He’s also credited with “discovering” fully-tattooed Zombie Boy Rick Genest.
Any guesses as to where Formichetti will land next? Sources are saying Diesel, but I think it’s just as likely that we’ll see the young designer spin off into his own line. We wish him the best of luck wherever he ends up! [Fashionista]