July 11 2014

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Season Of The Panda


As plans for world domination go, Nicola Formichetti’s isn’t bad: Pitch your tent in some of the biggest fashion cities in the world, and bring gifts. After debuting Nicola’s, his temporary pop-up store, in New York last New York fashion week, he’s bringing his show to China, where Nicola’s is popping up at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Beijing, beginning today. In Hong Kong, architect Mark Gage of Gage/Clemenceau created a space paying homage to Formichetti’s animal spirit of choice, the panda. More than 100 pandas decorate the shop-in-shop, nodding both at Formichetti’s nickname, NicoPanda (he even has his panda avatar tattooed on his arm), and a new, limited-edition collection of NicoPanda x Lane Crawford merchandise created especially for the event. Tees, iPhone and iPad cases, Moleskin notebooks, toys, and even mah-jongg sets (the game is huge in China) are emblazoned with the “MangAvatar,” and all products are available for purchase worldwide at But it’ll take a trip to Hong Kong to check out the archive of costumes Formichetti created or selected for Lady Gaga as her fashion director, including pieces by Lacroix and Mugler, where he is also creative director. The store and microsite run through May 31.

Photos: Courtesy of Lane Crawford

Elle‘s Belles


Ever the digital artist, Nicola Formichetti’s latest project is a series of short films, featuring It girl muses like Rinko Kikuchi, Daphne Javitch, Michelle Harper, and Alexis Krauss. The videos, directed by Tim Richardson, were made for to go with the mag’s March issue ten-page story “Empire State of Mind.” Here, watch this seductive unreleased video of Krauss, the songstress of Sleigh Bells, sporting studded leather and an armful of bangles.

The Virtual Vacation


As anyone who’s currently seated at a desk in the city knows, no one’s seated at a desk in the city. The entire world—well, the entire fashion world, at least—is on vacation this week, and judging by the updates from fashion’s favorite Twitterers, life’s a beach. Marc Jacobs made news when he was spotted on the sand at St. Bart’s in the company of former boyfriend Lorenzo Martone (left), but he’s hardly the only one enjoying some sun. Nicola Formichetti is down in Miami, tweet queen @Bergdorfs is sunbathing in Barbados, and Coco Rocha is relaxing in St. Thomas. If you—like me—are stuck in 30-degree temperatures up north, here’s your chance to live vicariously. A few of their choice snapshots are below. No SPF required—though, as my colleague at Beauty Counter would tell you, even in winter, it never hurts.

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The Many Shoes Of Lady Gaga


After a ribbon cutting with the Lady herself and the requisite party, Lady Gaga’s 5,500-square-foot winter wonderland at Barneys opens at 11:59 p.m. tonight. The space has been designed and curated by the pop star, along with collaborators Nicola Formichetti, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, and the retailer’s creative director, Dennis Freedman, and features a wide array of exclusive products for the occasion. There are all of the oddities you might expect (including a click-to-hatch toy version of La Gaga in her famous Hussein Chalayan egg from the Grammy Awards), and Gaga being Gaga, shoes of all kinds. There are shoe cookies by the New York bakery Eleni’s, shaped like McQueen’s famous 12″ armadillo platforms, and Noritaka Tatehana’s heelless towers, a giant chocolate McQueen shoe, several varieties of shoe stockings, and a pair of shoe earrings by Yottoi. And for those in the market for an actual shoe, there’s one centerpiece version on display: A $4,100 Tatehana in black or white.

Plus, check back tomorrow for our complete coverage of the opening party.


At The Westway, Pandas On Parade


The scariest part of stylist and Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti’s Friday night “Zombie Panda” Halloween party in New York? The prospect of not getting in. The line outside the Westway was long by 10:30, and the best shot of getting through was a costume worthy of Formichetti himself—the sexy kittens, vampires, and zombies of normal Halloweens didn’t hold much sway. The host himself was wearing a vaguely military getup with blacked-out panda eyes. “A few years ago my friends started calling me ‘Nicopanda’ and the name sort of stuck. It became this extended version of myself as an ‘avatoon’—which is an avatar/cartoon,” Formichetti said. (Much-tattooed pal Rick Genest, a.k.a. Zombie Boy, became part of the panda avatoon family, too—he’s the titular Zombie Panda.)

After a performance by The Black Soft, Greg Krelenstein from the Misshapes took over the sound system, spinning pop favorites from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and of course, Lady Gaga. Before it became a dance floor, the Westway stage played catwalk for the evening’s best dressed. CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of our favorite looks.

Photos: Jilian Amos