CONFIRMED: Thierry Mugler Taps Nicola Formichetti

WWD reported in the wee hours of the morning that Lady Gaga‘s stylist Nicola Formichetti will become the new creative director of Thierry Mugler. Formichetti will oversee two designers as they create men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, the first of which will debut for fall 2011.

After former creative director Rosemary Rodriguez quit recently, there were rumors that the house was courting Formichetti. We wrote last week that we didn’t know whether his style would be stifled under the careful watch of a multi-billion-dollar parent company, but the press releases from both the designer and his new employer seem dedicated to a growth and success based on Formichetti’s vision.

“We were looking for a young talent who could really bring new energy to the brand,” stated Joël Palix, president of Clarins Fragrance Group, Mugler’s parent, and director general of the Mugler company. “Nicola is a multicultural, techno-savvy expert involved in fashion, communication, image and entertainment. He and the appointed talented designers will represent a new direction for French fashion.”

“Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future,” Formichetti said in a statement to WWD. “He’s been a god for successive generations in the fashion industry. He fused pop and high fashion, told a story in style and combined fantasy with reality. My approach is personal and always very eclectic. I’d like to find new ways for a luxury brand such as Thierry Mugler to excite people.”

We don’t doubt that Formichetti will have any trouble doing just that — after all, he has a seemingly limitless fountain of creativity juice, and he puts it to use as a stylist for celebrities from Robert Pattinson to Chloe Sevigny, and for his editorial work in Vogue Hommes Japan, V Magazine and Dazed and Confused. In fact, it’s said he’ll keep up all of that work in addition to his new job.

Formichetti’s women’s wear designer is Sébastien Peigné, who has been head of the Balenciaga studio since 2006. His men’s wear designer is 28-year-old Romain Kremer, who had his own fledgling label and produced mostly experimental looks. If the three plan to present a collection for fall 2011, they might already be working together. Paris’ fall fashion week kicks off on March 2.

[Via WWD]

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