It can been confirmed that Lady Gaga‘s stylist Nicola Formichetti will become the new creative director of Thierry Mugler! Formichetti will oversee two designers as they create men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, the first of which will debut for Fall 2011.
After former creative director Rosemary Rodriguez quit recently, there were rumors that the house was courting Formichetti. Many have pondered whether his style would be stifled under the careful watch of a multi-billion-dollar parent company, but the press releases from both the designer and his new employer seem dedicated to a growth and success based on Formichetti’s vision of mental patient fabulosity.
“We were looking for a young talent who could really bring new energy to the brand,” stated Joël Palix, president of Clarins Fragrance Group, Mugler’s parent, and director general of the Mugler company. “Nicola is a multicultural, techno-savvy expert involved in fashion, communication, image and entertainment. He and the appointed talented designers will represent a new direction for French fashion.”
“Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future,” Formichetti said in a statement to WWD. “He’s been a god for successive generations in the fashion industry. He fused pop and high fashion, told a story in style and combined fantasy with reality. 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.”