We love it when rumour becomes fact, even more so when we’re proven right! Following intense speculation over the summer months that big changes were expected at Thierry Mugler, the Paris-based fashion and fragrance house, comes this morning’s announcement that London-based stylist Nicola Formichetti is to take over as Creative Director. We’re thrilled with the news, not just because we feel it’s a match made in fashion heaven but the simple fact we can’t wait to see what magic Nicola and the two designers appointed alongside him – Balenciaga veteran Sébastien Peigné for womenswear and Romain Kremer for menswear - will conjure! Add a little dose of pride that our home talent is, once again, making it big abroad and we’re on cloud nine.
As we reported back in June, it was initially thought that, also London-based, Gareth Pugh would be the one to succeed departing designer Rosemary Rodriguez, who kept a low profile since arriving at the Clarins-owned house in 2008. Low profile and Mugler just seems wrong so whom better to reignite the iconic French label’s energy for good ol’ Eighties glamour and power structure than the man behind Lady Gaga’s most out-there-and-beyond looks? “We were looking for a young talent who could really bring new energy to the brand,” said Joël Palix, president of Clarins Fragrance Group and director general of the Mugler company. “Nicola is a multicultural, techno-savvy expert involved in fashion, communication, image and entertainment,” he added.
Nicola, who alongside his work for Gaga’s Haus of Gaga is a fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan and a contributing editor of V Magazine, Dazed & Confused and Another Magazine, will present his first collection for A/W '11. He will certainly have a rich and exciting heritage to draw upon. Thierry Mugler defined the Eighties along with Jean Paul Gaultier with his theatrical shows and oversized shoulders and was most recently a creative advisor to Beyonce’s 2009 world tour. “Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future,” Nicola told WWD, “He’s been a god for successive generations in the fashion industry. My approach is personal and always very eclectic. I’d like to find new ways for a luxury brand such as Thierry Mugler to excite people.” And excited we already are! [WWD, subscription required]
- Kiki Georgiou