2010 September 13

Nicola Formichetti in at Thierry Mugler

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(NEW YORK) After weeks of rumors swirling around the house of Thierry Mugler (helmed until yesterday by Rosemary Rodriguez), a new creative director has been tapped: Nicola Formichetti of Haus of Gaga fame. The stylist to Lady Gaga (as well as fashion director of Vogue Hommes and contributing editor to V, Dazed & Confused, and Another Magazine) will oversee two new designers at the house, head designer of womenswear Sébastien Peigné and menswear head Romain Kremer. “We were looking for a young talent who could really bring new energy to the brand,” said Joël Palix, president of Clarins Fragrance Group, which owns the Mugler brand. “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.”

Peigné is a longtime alum of Balenciaga, who has headed the studio there since 2006. Kremer has designed an eponymous line in Paris for the last five years. “Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future,” said Formichetti in a statement. “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.”

Rosemary Rodriguez’s departure isn’t the only high-profile parting lately. After two and a half years as the creative director of Dunhill, Kim Jones will step down. His last full collection was for Spring 2011, though Jones worked on the Fall 2011 collection as well (which will be presented in Paris in January). “Kim has made a valuable contribution to the creative development of Alfred Dunhill over the past two-and-a-half years,” said Alfred Dunhill chief executive officer Christopher Colfer. “His collections have been both commercial and greatly appreciated, and therefore we are sorry to see him go. But his departure is in line with the original planning and strategy for the brand.” Dunhill has no plans to replace Jones.

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