After a two year partnership, Nicola Formichetti is leaving his position as the creative director of Thierry Mugler. The parting of ways was described as a mutual decision, but the news comes shortly after the brand's Fall 2013 runway show, which also featured a design collaboration between Formichetti's friend, Alexis Bittar.
“Nicola has accomplished our original mission of bringing his energy to the brand,” said Joel Palix, president of Clarins Fragrance Group and director general of Mugler. “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.”
Moving forward, Mugler has ambitions to change directions and focus on a new strategy to build on the new fashion foundation that Formichetti cemented while utilizing its legacy in fragrance to push into a new generation.
In addition to his role at the design house, Formichetti also serves as Lady Gaga's stylist and as the Fashion Director of Vogue Hommes Japan.
Interestingly, on April 1st, Formichetti Tweeted, "Big announcements coming this week." Stay tuned.