August 30 2014

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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

Nicola Formichetti’s Zombie Boy


If fashion reinterpreted Avatar, it would look similar to Nicola Formichetti’s latest Zombie Boy project. During New York fashion week, the Mugler designer and Lady Gaga stylist debuted his first collaboration—a life-size avatar with Mugler-designed clothes—with the multiplayer game company CCP at his Walker Street pop-up shop.

In layman’s terms: “We call it ‘sophisticated technology.’ Through the use of CCP’s Carbon technology graphics, the virtual runway became a fully interactive, real-time virtual catwalk experience,” Formichetti says. If you are still unclear what this next-level design technique is, Formichetti explains it all in a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of his Zombie Boy concept with Rico Genest in a short documentary, debuting exclusively on Dazed Digital today.

Gold Star


“It’s all metal—it feels like one big piece of jewelry,” jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth tells of her 57 Walker Street pop-up store, which opens today. The L.A.-based designer teamed up with architect Marc Fornes to transform the 1,800-square-foot BOFFO Building Fashion space, previously home to Nicola’s by Nicola Formichetti , into a glimmering and lavish retail shop to showcase her latest designs. The space is complete with golden latticework etched with stars from the ceiling to the floor and a living wall. “I thought it would be funny to mix something organic with something very modern,” Neuwirth explains.

She also planted moss and branches next to her new opal and sapphire creations, along with her signature long gold chain offerings. “A lot of them are pieces that people haven’t seen yet because I’m always creating one-of-a-kind things,” says Neuwirth, whose work is a favorite among the likes of Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, and Iman. The store opens today and remains open for two weeks.

Photo: Evan Joseph

Nicola’s New Project


Mugler creative director and Lady Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti has had a big past couple of days. Last week, he set up shop downtown with his pop-up concept store, Nicola’s; yesterday, he hosted a presentation for nine emerging Chinese designers in an effort to celebrate international talent; this afternoon, Formichetti (who has worked with Uniqlo for over five years and currently stands as the brand’s fashion director) debuts his latest project for the Japanese retailer. He has created a new line, called Uniqlo Innovation Project, along with the company’s designer director, Naoki Takizawa, and creative director, Kashiwa Sato.

“We wanted to create something for the future,” Formichetti tells “Something functional, stylish, and new.” The collection of parkas, hoodies, and track pants for men and women, made of cutting-edge materials like Uniqlo’s infamous Heattech, hits stores October 14.

What’s next from Nicola? “I’m actually thinking of bringing Nicola’s to other cities,” he says. “I loved meeting my virtual friends, but in a physical space this time.” Oh yes, and there’s the Mugler collection he’s hard at work on, which hits the runway in Paris September 29. Here, has the exclusive first look at Innovation Project.

Photos: Courtesy of Uniqlo

Mirror, Mirror, On The (Shop) Wall


Tribeca’s first “mirrored cave/performance space” touches down just in time for New York fashion week. It’s the new pop-up shop from Nicola Formichetti, the Mugler creative director revealed last night at BOFFO’s annual benefit. The New York nonprofit runs the Building Fashion program, which connects designers (those without retail spaces of their own) with architects and provides funds and space for temporary, week-long stores. (Last year, the project brought Richard Chai, Waris Ahluwalia, Siki Im, Simon Spurr, Heather Huey, and Supima to a secluded space in West Chelsea; this year, Patrik Ervell, the Lake & Stars, Irene Neuwirth, and Ohne Titel, along with Formichetti, will set up shop in Tribeca.) BOFFO’s designers past and present crowded the benefit last night, which honored fashion’s favorite stylish architect, Peter Marino. “This year is just another example of how much architecture and fashion can achieve together in collaboration,” Spilios Gianakopoulos, the chair of Building Fashion, said of the new participants. “Looking at the proposals [from architects], it’s just overwhelming what can be done with a lot of creative vision. We had over 300 total proposals for all five designers”—including, he added, 120 for Formichetti.

What will you find there? “All of the designers I collaborate with,” the designer revealed. “It’s a kind of shop/museum kind of thing. Stuff from Japan, special pieces, panda bears…” And, it should go without saying, Mugler as well. Of course, the “performance space” designation beggars the question of whether Mugler’s biggest fan, Lady Gaga, will put in an appearance. No word from Formichetti, though he did let slip that he’s off to the heartland today to shoot her latest video. “Nebraska,” he revealed. “Where’s that?”

Photos: Clint Spaulding / Patrick McMullan