Matthew Williams (Onetime Creative Partner to Kanye West and Lady Gaga) Launches RTW

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Courtesy of Alyx and Matthew Williams

Alyx is a name you will be hearing a lot of soon, and for good cause: The designer of this new luxury fashion label is Matthew Williams, the creative genius who worked with Lady Gaga during her rise to fame, as well as with Kanye West work throughout the My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyWatch The Throne, and Yeezus eras. The clothes, however, aren’t just for big name stars. Williams tells us:

“Our ideal customer is a confident, sophisticated girl who feels empowered in the clothing, but also won’t care if her clothes get a bit dirty from a night out when she may be up until the sun rises.”

The collection debuts for fall/winter 2015 (in the meantime, see photos of the label above).

Matthew Williams isn’t the first stylist who works with big name stars like Gaga and West to create clothing lines. Check out six others, from stylists working with Rihanna to Beyonce, below.

NICOLA FORMICHETTI

Fashion director to Lady Gaga from The Fame through Born This Way eras, Formichetti collaborated with Williams on many of Gaga’s iconic projects including the music video for Bad Romance.


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Appointed Creative Director of Mugler in September 2010, Nicola cast Gaga in the brand’s Fall 2011 Women’s Fashion Show.

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Image via @nicolaformichetti on Instagram

Leaving Mugler to become Artistic Director of Diesel in 2013, Formichetti dubbed his new campaigns #dieselreboot , casting atypical models and using Tumblr to release the campaign.

Image via @nicolaformichetti on Instagram

BRANDON MAXWELL

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Assisting Nicola Formichetti with styling Gaga since 2010, Brandon took over as Gaga’s Fashion Director in 2013 for The Born This Way Ball. Still styling Gaga, she has also started designing dresses for her, including one she wore to the 2015 Grammys.

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Photo via @brandonvmaxwell on Instagram

Most recent, Karl Lagerfeld shot the two appeared for the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, honoring Hollywood’s 25 most powerful stylists.

VIRGIL ABLOH

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Working with Kanye West since 2002 and recently appointed his Creative Director, Virgil Abloh has a major support system to grow in the fashion industry. His new fashion line OFF-WHITE has already seen on Beyonce more than once and can be found at many boutique luxury retailers, as well as larger ones like Barneys.

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Twitter screenshot via @virgilabloh on Instagram

And Kanye can’t help giving his longtime friend and collaborator some Twitter recognition for his recent LVMH Young Designer Awards nomination.

B. AKERLUND

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Styling for both Beyonce and Madonna (and wife to music video director Jonas Akerlund), B. has set out with her own fashion line, Le Snob, just getting interviewed about it by V Magazine, as well as getting brand placement in CR Fashion Book.

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KEVIN TEKINEL

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Working on art direction for Madonna under GB65, Tekinel launched tee-shirt line DEERDANA along with Dana Veraldi. The brand is sold at various retailers including Opening Ceremony and has been worn by everyone from Jay-Z to Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyongo.

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ADAM SELMAN

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While more so designer rather than stylist, Selman’s rise to fame can be aligned with that of his boyfriend and stylist to Rihanna, Mel Ottenberg. Dressing Rihanna in Adam Selman for the 2014 CFDA Awards, Ottenberg put his boyfriend on the fashion map.

We won’t be surprised if we see more collaborations between Adam Selman and Rihanna in the future, and we’re not complaining!

A Brooke Candy Crush

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Last night was Brooke Candy’s ‘Opulence‘ themed video premiere, sponsored by Diesel. The ‘freaky princess’ looked ravishing as she sat front row at the screening of her Steven Klein-directed short film, styled by Nicola Formichetti. Held in the basement of the Tribeca Grand, fashion legends mingled with the Susane Bartsch crew to create a surreal party spectacle… it was like a live-action video with the stars themselves! The pictures speak on their own behalf.

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Klein Sandwich: Steven Klein, Brooke Candy, Calvin Klein 

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Carlos Santolalla and BlackBook’s Jacob Brown

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Watch Opulence here.

Brooke Candy’s Majorly Glittery, Draggy, Stripper-y ‘Opulence’ <3

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Steven Klein is at it again, this time using his newfound music video skills to back not Madonna, but Brooke Candy, the former stripper-turned-rapper. It was Brooke Candy’s appearance in Grimes’ Genesis video that first caught Diesel artistic director Nicola Formichetti’s eye, her knee-length braids moving him to bring Candy into his fold, styling her now for her Opulence music video. In the video are an impressive 25 looks — wigs, Delfina Delettrez jewels, Givenchy couture-inspired full-face glitter, Alexis Bittar masks, and bejeweled Diesel pieces galore. Brooke Candy and Diesel feted the video release Sunday night in the basement of the Tribeca Grand, flanked on all sides by gays in drag, their deer-in-headlights plus ones, and Amanda Lepore.

Watch Opulence below.

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

FashionFeed: The Best ‘Best-Of’ Lists of 2011

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● Fashionista’s roundup of top fashion editorials features that memorable Vogue spread with the ageless Natalia Vodianova cuddling with stylish wunderkinds Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, and Hailee Steinfeld. [Fashionista]

● Here’s a roundup of the 10 best pop-up stores of the year, which includes Nicola Formichetti’s spectacular concept store. [Racked NY]

● Derek Blasberg’s best-dress of 2011 features a mix of obvious choices (Alexa Chung, Kate Moss), but also includes some surprises, like breakout star Elizabeth Olsen. [Harper’s Bazaar]

● Cathy Horyn’s picks for notable moments in fashion range from the John Galliano debacle to Giovanna Battaglia’s gravity-defying Stephen Sprouse gown at the Cannes Film Festival. [NYT]

● Fashion Gone Rogue’s best beauty editorials include Anais Pouilot‘s striking braid game and Joudan Dunn’s intricate headwear in Vogue Paris.  [FGR]

● Some of this year’s top fashion magazine covers include a crying Hailee Steinfeld for LOVE and a provocatively positioned butterfly for Garage.  [Styleite]

 

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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Nicola Formichetti Sent Mugler Bags to Kim K., Beyoncé

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Forgive me for this week’s second story involving Kim Kardashian, but this is just too nuts. Yesterday Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti invited Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss to the label’s HQ to watch Team Mugler prep for their Paris Fashion Week show (which is happening in just a few hours!). As the duo gabbed about all things fashion and tech, Formichetti revealed that the new Mugler woman is less avant-garde and more relatable, which is why his latest source of inspiration come from the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star. I’m serious. 

I mean, he doesn’t exactly say that Kim K is officially replacing Lady Gaga as his mainstay muse or anything, but he does give the girl significant props: "I saw a picture of her wearing my dress, and I wouldn’t have necessarily seen her being that kind of girl—it’s usually the eccentric girls wearing these clothes—but she looked fucking amazing," he explains to Weiss. "I emailed her straight away, and sent her a bag yesterday." The bag he is referring to is the first-ever Mugler bag, which will be unveiled at tonight’s show (9pm Paris, 3pm EST) and hits stores in December.

Additional recipients of said exciting bags (which may or may not feature Formichetti’s signature Nico Panda artwork as demonstrated above) include Rihanna, Gwen Stefani and Beyoncé. But back to Kim! They also discussed the reality fixture’s new absurdly cute teacup Persian kitten named Mercy, which her boyfriend Kanye West bought her, naturally. Hell = frozen over. 

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!