While the S/S 2011 collections have barely begun, many have already begun to look forward - nay, lust after - a collection slated for A/W 2011. Today, the news was made official - Nicola Formichetti is the new Creative Director of the esteemed and influential house of Thierry Mugler, confirming a rumour that has been doing the rounds since the label debuted its last (ill-fated womenswear) show back in March. The issue then was clear - to quote myself, Mugler is an enviable name to work under, but it takes a designer with a decisive vision to really make it work.
Does that really have to be a designer, though? If there's any man to challenge that preconception, it is Formichetti. He undoubtedly has a strong and singular vision all his own, and it has propelled him to the top of his game. He also has the essential ability to reinvent his aesthetic for other people - his work, for a slew of different magazine editorials, always stands out and yet is always different, while his work alongside Lady Gaga has helped not only to define but to create her image as a twenty-first century fashion icon.
Formichetti has already gathered his team about him: Sébastien Peigné, formerly of Balenciaga, as head womenswear designer, and Formichetti favourite Romain Kremer as head of menswear. Formichetti's own word on the matter? 'Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future… I’d like to find new ways for a luxury brand such as Thierry Mugler to excite people.' Excited, frankly, is not the word - the new team is scheduled to show its first offerings for the house during January's A/W 2011 menswear collections.