Insta-Critic: Mugler Takes Back The “Going out” Dress

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Today at Mugler, we saw an almost exclusively black and white collection with touches of rosegold. The looks toed a line between edgy and grungy and stayed well within the realm of the former. Though they were sleek, dark, and undoubtedly sexy, they were also sophisticated. Rivets and suggestive cutouts were kept classy by high-necks while staid garments like oxford shirts were revamped in full-on leather. Expect to see these dresses on the coolest girls at the coolest parties (i.e. Karlie Kloss, see below!)

@karliekloss on the #thierrymugler runway #PFW

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Sexy and sophisticated.

Outerspace-esque rosegold on Jessica Stam.

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Covered-up necks

Grommet galore at Mugler.

Visual Xanax: Are You Ready For New York Fashion Week?

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It’s here.

Image: Playboy by Thierry Mugler, December 1999.

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STYLE SCOOP: Mugler’s Cabaret, Jenna Lyons for ‘Girls’

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One by One: DVF and Michael Kors are both reportedly seeking show venues outside of Lincoln Center. Designers are moving out one by one as the circus overshadows the shows themselves.

Due Process: Over a year ago, 113 died in the Bangladesh factory fire caused by neglect and now 13 people have been charged with culpable homicide.

Growing Up: Jenna Lyons is set to guest star on the new season of Girls as Hannah Horvath’s boss – and not as herself.

Mugler’s Cabaret Revue: Manfred Mugler (better know as Thierry) debuted his cabaret in Paris on Thursday. Think corsetry and shine.

STYLE SCOOP: Kate Barry Dead, Mugler and Hermes Hire

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Thierry Mugler has named David Koma the house’s new artistic director, succeeding Nicola Formichetti, who left in April to join Diesel.

Kate Barry (daughter of Jane Birkin and John Barry) has died tragically at the age of 46. The photographer fell out of the window of her Paris apartment. Her death is being investigated.

Hermes has brought in a new nose: Christine Nagel joins the house as a perfumer alongside Jean-Claude Ellena.

Photo: Kate Barry

Nicola Formichetti, Jason Schwartzman Play Arbiters for Opening Ceremony’s Best of 2011 List

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To chime in on the various best-of roundups floating around the web, Opening Ceremony has put together a list of this year’s favorite movies, books, songs, fashion moments and more. A nice twist on their effort is that they asked a bunch of their famous friends to declare their picks, including Nicola Formichetti, Spike Jonze, Jason Schwartzman, and The Misshapes. They also tapped a few internet-famous people, too, like photoblogger Tommy Ton, who selected Belgian model Hanne Gaby (pictured) for best street style.

"Hanne Gaby is crazy, young, and silly. She uses clothes like a little girl playing dress-up," Ton tells OC. She has fun with style—it’s not the standard model-off-duty look. She’s the ideal muse for a designer, wearing head-to-toe looks right after the shows, but adding her own quirky touch." 

For best movie, Jason Schwartzman picked Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and for best Lady Gaga look, Nicola Formichetti went for the Mugler leopard bodysuit that the pop star wore to the after-party for his first Mugler show in Paris. "We took the outfit straight off the runway, put her hair up, and styled it with the Mugler knee-high leather boots from ‘Born This Way,’ and a glass of champagne," Formichetti notes. "Her date made the outfit even more glamorous—it was me, of course!" See the full list here.

Resort 2013: Mugler Masters the Future of Fashion

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Nicola Formichetti, the half-Japanese creative director behind Mugler, really let his roots show for his brand’s innovative interpretation of resort. With the help of designer Sébastien Peigné, the duo devised a sharp new aesthetic for the cult-favorite French label by combining futuristic elements with elevated versions of traditional Japanese garments. 

Similar to Formichetti’s past collections, this range is heavy on the red, white and black, but pops of powder pink and animal print prove that his vision is anything but one-note. We’re also seeing a strong focus on structural silhouettes by way of origami fold-over pieces, boxy cuts and paper-thin winged shoulders.

While just about every piece is fit for a Tron or Prometheus sequel set in Tokyo, particularly spacey numbers include a pastel kimono-like wrap with an intricate twist-tie, a skin-tight gray bodysuit with a red and yellow belt, an up-to-there front slit skirt (I’m telling you, it’s a thing) and a jacket with what appears to be an oversized visor at the hemline. See the complete collection here

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Checking In With Mugler’s Sexy Sci-Fi Cabaret

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In case you missed it, Mugler is set to debut a new cabaret in Paris this fall. Called Mugler Follies, the sci-fi inspired review will feature "a young woman looking for her inner balance. As a result of her unpredictable and unusual encounters, she discovers and asserts herself, transforming into a sublime and blooming creature." It’s supposed to be really crazy and sex-powered, much like the transformed Thierry Mugler. 

After a routine check-in for new updates, I stumbled upon an enhanced website for the project (it’s all French), as well as a dedicated Facebook page. Go here and you’ll see a crazy new behind-the-scenes video of the show’s dancers and prep, complete with Mugler cameos. There are also tons of new photos here, including Mugler’s own sketches. See some wild ones below.

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Are You Ready for Mugler’s Sexy, Sci-Fi Cabaret in Paris?

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You know how Nicola Formichetti left Mugler for "something major" with Diesel? Well, Thierry Mugler aka Manfred (that’s his new name, really) is taking back the French fashion house as creative advisor and is also whipping up "something major" himself: a zany, erotic cabaret in Paris.

WWD reveals that "Mugler Follies" will premiere at the Théâtre Comédia in Paris this December. "Word has it that among the cast of dancers, acrobats, singers, actors, models and performers will be former Balmain designer Laurent Mercier, or rather his cross-dressing alterego, Lola," the fashion trade journal adds. As for the show’s theme, it features a blend of "glamour and sci-fi," which should look pretty interesting on stage.
 
According to the cabaret’s official website here, it’s a story of "a young woman looking for her inner balance. As a result of her unpredictable and unusual encounters, she discovers and asserts herself, transforming into a sublime and blooming creature." Aren’t you so excited?

What the What?! Nicola Formichetti Named Artistic Director of Diesel

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Just like that, Nicola Formichetti has a new, high-profile gig. Hot off this week’s news hat the outre stylist/designer was exiting his two-year stint as creative director of Mugler, it has just been revealed that he’s been crowned Diesel’s new artistic director. 

"I finally met somebody as crazy as I am," says Diesel founder Renzo Rosso in a release. "Nicola shares my vision and I find it incredibly inspiring to work with him: two creative planets are colliding to generate fresh, mad, insane ideas. With his help, I want to break more rules and bring the real Diesel to a new generation."
 
In classic Formichetti fashion, the social media star posted the above photo of him and Rosso on Instagram in the wee hours and captioned it with, "The new diesel partners in crime @renzorosso #diesel."
 
To celebrate the move, Formichetti’s first order of biz is leading the DIESELREBOOT project, which now has its very own "unruly, all-access zone" here. From fall 2013 on, he’ll head all creative activities for Diesel’s main line. Woo!