Nicola Formichetti Named Creative Director of Theirry Mugler

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The rumors were true: Stylist extraordinaire to Lady Gaga and fashion director of Japanese Men's Vogue Nicola Formichetti is the new creative director of Thierry Mugler's men's and women's lines. His first collection will debut for the fall 2011 season, as he oversees a new design team including Sébastian Peigné, head of womenswear, and Romain Kremer, head of menswear. The 30-year-old Peigné worked under Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga for the past ten years, while the 30-year-old Kremer launched a namesake collection five years ago after winning a prize at the Hyères festival in France.

Formichetti replaces Rosemary Rodriguez, who revived Mugler's ready-to-wear several seasons back and brought the house back to the runway after it had subsisted on fragrance sales for ages. Mugler said in a statement that the label was looking for "young talent" to reinvigorate the brand. "Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future," Formichetti said. Maybe this all means that, finally, whoever has enough money to buy these clothes can start looking like Lady Gaga on a daily basis. You know, after an extra trip or two to the craft store for things to paste to their heads.