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Nicola Formichetti: Asia And Fantasia

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Nicola Formichetti with pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
It is 4 a.m. and Nicola Formichetti is having a jet-lagged morning run around the Shinjuku district of Tokyo—at the same time as being interviewed on the phone. “It is very Blade Runner here and I’m running,” he confirms, when asked why he is mysteriously panting. This is the normal sort of schedule the stylist faces these days. The day before, Formichetti had been filmed alongside the Japanese actress Kiko Mizuhara, the face of Uniqlo’s womenswear, for the brand’s latest TV commercial. It appears that Formichetti is now the face of the menswear in Japan, as well as being Uniqlo’s creative fashion director. “It will really mean a lot to my mum and my grandma,” he explains of this particular string to his bow. “In Japan everybody wears Uniqlo, from tiny babies to the elderly. It is really like nothing else and has a response like nothing else.”

Such is the place that Nicola Formichetti now occupies in the fashion industry. The half Italian, half Japanese stylist—although that is a very limiting description of what he does—could have almost been grown in a lab to be the first test-tube baby of “global fashion now.” He helms a major brand (Mugler), directs the fashion choices of a major star (Lady Gaga), and is the founder, alongside his brother, of his own brand, Nicopanda (left), whose e-commerce Web site is set to launch November 19. Yet now he is going back to his roots, by being the guest editor of a special issue of Dazed and Confused—the U.K. magazine where he made his name—called “Fantasia.” It is an issue to celebrate all things Asian—including Nicola himself. Continue Reading “Nicola Formichetti: Asia And Fantasia” »

Booty Call: Gaga’s Backside Inspires Mugler Bags

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Few know how to create buzz around their runway shows via social media better than Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti. Just this morning, he tweeted, “This is ‘Monster X’ inspired by gaga’s great ass. For tonight’s @ Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.” Handbags inspired by Gaga’s derriere? Absolutely. (The pop star, however, reportedly didn’t know her backside was the launching pad for the new leather goods.) Tonight at his Paris show, Formichetti will debut his first collection of bags for Mugler, which is series of 30 styles ranging from “structured, ladylike day bags” to “weaponlike evening clutches,” according to WWD. The bags, $900 to $1,550, come in materials like metallic lizard and stamped calf leather. Here, an early look at one of the designs.

Photo: Dominique Maitre

Taking Fashion At Face Value

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Animal prints have become so popular that department store racks are starting to resemble petting zoos. Lately, though, we’ve been noticing a new novelty trend: faces. Some designers have taken visages in cartoony directions. Sophia Kokosalaki put a pop art depiction of a girl in tears on the Diesel Black Gold runway back in February, while Mugler‘s Nicola Formichetti and Sébastien Peigné collaborated with illustrator Mel Odom on the kissing image in their new Resort collection. Others spotlighted more familiar faces. Marc Jacobs commissioned his pal Elizabeth Peyton to immortalize him on a collector’s item sweatshirt for his Marc by Marc line. Rihanna paid tribute to Elizabeth Taylor by wearing a Topshop Unique look, and model Sean O’Pry, perhaps looking for a job, wore a T-shirt with the photographer David Sims on it while off-duty at the menswear collections.

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Photo: Courtesy of Mugler

Mugler Menswear Goes NSFW, Debbie Harry On The Good Old Days (And The Good Old Clothes), Marilyn Monroe Breaks Her Own Record, And More…

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Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti is kicking things in a kinky direction for his men’s show on Wednesday. The “uncensored” versions of his new video series, with a guest appearance by the band Jessica 6′s Nomi Ruiz, will air on Xtube, a user-generated porn site, the day after the show. [WWD]

Debbie Harry helped make punk style cool when she and Blondie hit the scene in the seventies, but as the rock ‘n’ roll queen explains, ripped and shredded was about all she could afford. Harry talks about her early onstage style and the long love affair between music and fashion in the new W. [W]

Marilyn Monroe beat her own record when her white halter-neck dress sold for $4.6 million, topping her dress that went for $1.4 million in 1999 as the most expensive dress ever. The infamous subway grate dress from Debbie Reynolds’ collection was auctioned off along with other legendary Hollywood costumes worn by Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn. [Vogue U.K.]


And for your unsubstantiated rumor of the day: Is Carine Roitfeld launching her own fashion magazine? [Hint]

Photo: Richard Upper/Redferns / Getty Images

Karl, Kidman, Elbaz, Et Al. Design The Latest Japan Tees, And More…

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Uniqlo is the latest company to get the creative juices flowing for Japan. The retailer has tapped friends and collaborators like Karl Lagerfeld, Lady Gaga, Nicola Formichetti, Nicole Kidman, and Alber Elbaz to design a new series of tees to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. That’s Lagerfeld’s (left), which retails for a mere $19.99. It’s the most affordable Kaiser you’re going to get until his Macy’s collection finally hits stores. [WWD]

Speaking of Formichetti, the stylist and Mugler creative director has just been announced as one of the designers for BOFFO’s new season of Building Fashion, which allows those without freestanding stores to create pop-up retail spaces. Last season, Waris Ahluwalia, Richard Chai, and Siki Im created their own shops at BOFFO’s west Chelsea space; this season, Formichetti, Irene Neuwirth, Patrik Ervell, Ohne Titel, and The Lake & Stars will make their (temporary) mark in Tribeca. [Boffo]

It’s hard to miss Topshop’s towering Soho flagship, but it’s easy to miss its latest addition—a secret shop inside, where collaboration collections from Meadham Kirchhoff, Pamela Love, and Ann-Sofie Back will be on offer. Happy hunting. [Racked]

And today in collaborations: Christopher Kane x London taxis? Odd but true—the London-based designer has adapted a starry print from his Resort ’11 collection to “wrap” London’s iconic black cabs. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Courtesy Photo