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]
French fashion mag Ever magazine took a page from model Rick Genest and executed a photoshoot featuring a model with a fake face tattoo. I’ve always really loved Genest’s skull tattoos; sorry, he’s really hot. Take a look at these shots, styled by Valériane Dousse & Clémentine Levy and titled “She Waited Too Long,” and tell us what you think in the comments. Keep reading »
We’re not going to lie: This photo shoot featuring zombie boy Rick Genest and androgynous supermodel Andrej Pejic is pretty hot. Actually, it’s really hot. Shot for Brazilian brand Auslander, the campaign features Genest and Pejic in various intimate poses. Rick, Andrej — call me. [Luuk Magazine]
Recognize the hot guy in this video? No? That’s probably because he’s without his typical tattoos. Check out this incredible video of tattooed wunderkind and sometime-Lady Gaga collaborator “Zombie Boy” Rick Genest, as he’s painted over by Dermablend’s special tattoo cover make up. [YouTube]
Remember that guy in the Lady Gaga “Born This Way ” video with the face full of tattoos? That’s Rick Genest, model and muse for Thierry Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti. In a new fashion editorial for Schon Magazine, Genest’s face full of tattoos was covered up with flesh-colored makeup and he was reimagined as a somewhat normal looking guy. With tattoos, without tattoos, he’s still mega hot. Check out more shots of Mr. Genest after the jump! [Design Scene]
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See that guy pictured with Lady Gaga in a still from her “Born This Way” video? That’s Rick Genest. And unlike Miss Gaga, whose face required two hours of make up to achieve the skeletal look, Mr. Genest’s face really looks like that. Because his face is tattooed that way. As in, permanently. That’s right, Mr. Skeletor over there has a perma-Halloween costume on, and he’s spent three years and $7,000 to make it happen. And I’m apparently not the only one who thinks he’s mega-hot. The Canadian model has been tapped by Thierry Mugler designer — and frequent Gaga collaborator — Nicola Formichetti, as his muse. Formichetti found Genest living on the streets in Montreal, where he was doing odd jobs to pay for his next tattoo, and now he’s walking in Mugler’s menswear shows. And for the record, just because he looks scary, doesn’t mean he isn’t a sweetheart. His mom says, “Within the family he is a very loving boy, he’s very respectful to us.” [Daily Mail] Keep reading »