April 20 2014

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50 posts tagged "Nicola Formichetti"

Studded Thongs And Boob Tape On The Bowery—Just Another Evening After Work


At first glance, the scene at the Bowery Hotel last night appeared like your average Thursday night—a low-key crowd having post-work drinks among friends. That’s essentially what it was. Jonathan Saunders and Richard Nicoll (above) were toasting to the completion of their Resort collections, with an impressive crowd of guests, including Giovanna Battaglia, Byrdie Bell, Hilary Rhoda, Jen Brill, and Terry Richardson.

It was a fashion fête with none of the fanfare that usually comes with it. Maybe that was the result of the designers’ laid-back attitudes toward Resort. “It is fun to do because it’s not as serious,” Saunders told “You get to show what you might not typically do.” Typical or not, both designers seemed to have naughty dressing on the mind. Saunders was thinking of newly-minted Fashion Icon (according to the CFDA, at least) Lady Gaga. “I really don’t know how she sat in a studded thong for so long. It must have really hurt her bum,” Saunders said of the pop queen’s ensemble at Monday night’s CFDA Awards. (Her stylist, Nicola Formichetti, was standing nearby; if he knew, he wasn’t saying.) “That was truly impressive.”

For Giovanna Battaglia, naughty was so nice she may have to do it twice. She’d shown plenty of skin in a vintage Stephen Sprouse dress at Cannes, and, she said, “I love it so much I am going to find another event to wear it for.” The downside of a barely-there gown? “I’m going to have to tape my [boobs] in—now that was a top-secret process. I can’t share the details.”

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


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

Mindy Tweets, Karlie Strips, And
Naomi Tells Us What She Really Thinks…


The Office actress and writer Mindy Kaling is one of our favorite writers—and Twitterers. The fashion-world tweets she cooked up for Harper’s Bazaar are fictional, the mag cautions—but we’re willing to believe there’s a grain of truth buried in there somewhere. If not truth, at least wisdom. To wit: “At Betsey Johnson, in a tutu and fauxhawk. Have decided Helena Bonham Carter should play Betsey in The Betsey Johnson Story. #NYFW 4 hours ago.” Why didn’t we think of that? [Bazaar]

Cathy Horyn takes to the Times to discuss Mugler and the cult of Nicola Formichetti—and comes out with a fairly spirited defense of the collaboration. It’s worth a read this afternoon. [NYT]

Models—they grow up so fast! Just a minute ago, it feels like, Karlie Kloss was a 16-year-old newbie. She’s still all of about 18 years old, but she’s looking rather adult posing in the buff with pal Jourdan Dunn for i-D‘s Exhibitionist Issue. [Fashionologie]

And speaking of top models, they (and the rest of the rich and famous) have got a powerful new ally in British businessman and magnate Sir David Tang. He’s created a new Web site, ICorrect that allows high-profile members to publicly refute anything written about them (or purportedly written by them) in the press. Kate Moss paid the thousand-pound fee to clarify that she has no Twitter account, despite many claiming to be her; and Naomi Campbell wants you to know that she is not glad that Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup over England. (For what it’s worth: “”I have never ever expressed any opinion either way about whether FIFA made the right choice for where the 2018 World Cup should be held—I wouldn’t do that, not least because I don’t know enough about the technicalities or process.”) [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Andreas Branch / Patrick McMullan

Japan Fashion Week Canceled, Sam Taylor-Wood Sits For Louis Vuitton, And More…


Japan Fashion Week, which had been planned for March 21 to 25, has been canceled, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that have struck the nation. [WWD]

Louis Vuitton is preparing to unveil its new “Double Exposure” campaign, where sitters are photographed using the mercurial collodion process, which requires them to hold a pose for 12 full seconds. Its first star is a woman more used to being on the other side of the camera: photographer/filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood (left). [;Vogue U.K.]

Speaking of campaign stars, Mugler’s got its first one, too: Much-tattooed Canadian Rick Genest (a.k.a. Zombie Boy), who stars in the label’s first men’s ads, shot by Mariano Vivanco and styled by creative director Nicola Formichetti. [Nicola Formichetti]

And Vena Cava’s fans can now get their VC fix faster: Design duo Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai have just debuted their e-commerce shop at [Vena Cava]


Muse’s Manifesto, Formichetti’s Inspiration, Assessing The Royal Accessories, And More…


Paris fashion week is upon us, which means a new YSL Manifesto—and Manifesto tote—is in the offing. This season’s iteration features the label’s current campaign star, the unstoppable Miss Arizona Muse. [T]

The first Nicola Formichetti-helmed women’s collection for Mugler is on its way, too. The stylist-turned-creative director has been leaking inspiration shots on his blog (where he also recently revealed for those of us not watching that Lady G—who will debut a track at the Mugler show—recently wore prosthetic shoulders on The Gayle King Show.) [Nicola Formichetti]

Having canvassed the design community for royal wedding dress designs, Women’s Wear Daily now asks footwear’s reigning (well, metaphorically) champions, from Manolo Blahnik to Giuseppe Zanotti (whose design is pictured, left) what they’d design. [WWD]

And gossips are reporting that Lindsay Lohan is back (again)—this time for a photo shoot with Terry Richardson and James “Asleep at the Oscars” Franco. [NYDN]

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