It’s certainly been a wild ride for Creative Director Nicola Formichetti in these past few years.
He successfully rebooted–along with his BFF, Lady Gaga—Mugler, as its new Creative Director. In 2011, Formichetti launched Mugler’s first menswear collection as well as the modeling career of the highly-inked Rick Genest by casting him as the unlikely face of the French fashion house.
In 2013, he left Mugler to become the Creative Director of Diesel and, so far, Formichetti has managed to bring his unconventional vision and creativity to the Italian brand.
But Formichetti’s ingenuity extends way past the Diesel brand.
Enter the Nicopanda, fashion label and brainchild of Formichetti.
According to WWD, Nicopanda originally began as a hobby for Formichetti three years ago. Today his hobby, best described as “Harajuku meets downtown New York,” has transformed into a newly launched 70-piece fashion collection.
Taking on an anime-like persona, the sporty unisex collection boasts plenty of playful elements such as oversized bows, dramatic portions and girly, ruffled hems.
Describing the collection, Formichetti tells WWD, “Sports never go out of trend and they are something that boys and girls can wear. There’s just something in the air with sports, and people want to wear it, which is cool,” he said. “I twist it with Harajuku princess details like bows and girl ruffles.”
One thing is certain, the collection is certainly not for the timid.
You can expect to see Nicopanda at Colette and Opening Ceremony, as both retailers have already committed to carrying pieces from Formichetti’s collection.Courtesy Photos