Mugler And Formichetti Part Ways
Two years ago, Nicola Formichetti was hired to revamp and bring more life into the brand, Thierry Mugler. In the superstylist’s debut women’s wear show in March 2011, he enlisted his muse Lady Gaga to walk in the show. It’s safe to say, he did a job well done. Now, in 2013 he is parting ways with Mugler.
“Nicola has accomplished our original mission of bringing his energy to the brand,” Joel Palix, director general of Mugler 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.”
According to a brief statement from Mugler, the split was mutual.
A Bit of Paris In NYC
French brand, Iro debuted its first U.S. outpost. The 2,000-square-foot flagship sits at 450 Broome Street and the corner of Mercer Street. They also have their sites set on opening location on Madison Avenue, the West Village and the World Trade Center area. However, the brand doesn’t plan to stop at just New York. Iro hopes to open stores in L.A, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami and Boston.
“America is a big story for us,” said Laurent Bitton, who founded the label with his brother Arik. “By 2015 we hope to reach 20 stores.”
Iro is known for their mixing of luxury fabrics. They go through about 180 different fabrics each season, pulling inspiration from streetwear.
Saint Laurent Rocks
Hedi Slimane’s next advertising campaigns for Saint Laurent will feature musicians Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson and Ariel Pink. At times throughout the campaign, these rockstars will be featured in looks they’ve styled themselves.
But how did Saint Laurent get all rocker chic? In 1971, the founding couturier of the fashion house dressed Mick Jagger and his wife-to-be Bianca for their wedding in Saint-Tropez. Slimane, however, brought this tradition back in the late 90s while he was learning the ropes at YSL. He has since made is a part of “his fashion career at Dior Homme, dressing rocker including The Libertines, The Kills and Franz Ferdinand over the years. Since arriving at Saint Laurent last year, he’s already featured Christopher Owens and Beck in Saint Laurent campaigns and tapped musicians including Daft Punk, Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees for original runway soundtracks.”
These campaigns are set to premier later this month in Les Inrockuptibles in France. Following this debut will be a slew of art, music, culture and fashion titles with an indie theme across Europe.
– Jamie Wilson
Source & Image: WWD