“I told her, ‘You are my hero,’ and she said to me, ‘You are my hero.’ I said, ‘Lady Gaga, don’t joke with me. But at least leave me some outfits from the show,’” Anna Dello Russo told WWD at the Mugler women's show this week, which was Gaga's stylist Nicola Formichetti's first for the house since becoming creative director. Some have noted that Gaga, who walked in the show, takes attention away from the line — but she also brings it more attention than it ever could get without her, which is not a bad thing for a newly revived brand. “I just wanted to bring the fun back. It’s not so much about the clothes," Formichetti even told the International Herald Tribune's Suzy Menkes, who wrote that Gaga upstaged everyone else on that runway.
Menkes sat down with Formichetti and Gaga after the show, and asked where his friend Gaga's involvement in the show began. Formichetti said that first of all she was his "best" friend, and secondly that she helped him from the beginning. If he didn't feel like talking much after that, it's a good thing Gaga was sitting next to him with a glass of white wine to tell Suzy she didn't want to take credit for the collection, but she and her BFF collaborate on everything. "It's not business-related, it's purely artistic, and I'm so proud of what he created," she said.
Menkes, who called the clothes in Formichetti's men's debut "nowhere near the mesmerizing, rigid fashion armor that Mr. Mugler once produced," told the pair, "But you're both much too young to remember Thierry Mugler, what he made back in the 1980s." "No," Gaga said with a wag of the finger. "That is where you are wrong." Then she blathers on about how Mugler is her life, something about her new album, something about bones and blood. If you want to hear her applaud Nicola's "lack of pretension" and say something about her new fragrance and how her blood is involved in that, watch the video the whole way through.
Lady Gaga at Paris Fashion Week [IHT via NYT]