It has just been announced via WWD that fashion label, Thierry Mugler, is parting ways with its Creative Director, Nicola Formichetti. The stylist, who has no official training as a fashion designer, had been at the helm of Mugler for the past two years.
Joel Palix, President of Clarins Fragrance Group and director general of Mugler told WWD,
“Nicola has accomplished our original mission of bringing his energy to the brand,” Palix said. “With his talent for communication and understanding modern imagery and design, Nicola has been instrumental in attracting a new audience, which is undeniably crucial for the future strategy of the house. He will be a historical part of the Mugler legacy and known as the force that catapulted us forward.”
In a statement about his time at Mugler, Formichetti announced that it was, “a challenge to reinvigorate the house for a new generation and audience, particularly one that has grown up exploring fashion through the Internet. I really hope the audience has enjoyed what we have done and appreciated our push to democratize high fashion, not only through the enjoyment of clothing but also through a total, inclusive fashion experience,” he added.
Formichetti, who has more than 200,000 followers on Twitter, said that his proudest achievement was revitalizing the Mugler name with the new generation. He garnered instant notice with his Lady Gaga collaborations, for whom he styles. When asked for his reasons for leaving Mugler, he told WWD, “I wanted to do something else, even bigger, more global.”
It is expected that he will shortly reveal a major collaboration with Italian denim giant, Diesel.