Nicola Formichetti's tweet on April 1st was not a joke: The stylist revealed on Tuesday that he was moving on from Mugler to pursue other interests.
Formichetti was instrumental in the rebrand of Mugler (formerly known as Thierry Mugler) five seasons ago, imposing his controversial aesthetics and an army of sexy, off-beat muses led by human canvas Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest and best pal Lady Gaga, who walked the runway of his first women's collection in 2011.
The stylist also put Mugler on the digital map, breaking with the industry's secrecy and posting regular behind-the-scenes spoilers of his latest collection on social media: "It was a challenge to re-invigorate the house for a new generation and audience," said Formichetti in a statement, "particularly one that has grown up exploring fashion through the internet."
Clarins Fragrance, the group that owns Mugler fashion and fragrance, announced that the split came from a mutual agreement but did not provide a reason for Formichetti's depature. The group's CEO, Joël Palix, said that the company would soon "announce a strategic plan for Mugler that builds on its highly successful legacy in fragrance and new momentum in fashion."
Can't wait to see where Formichetti will take us next!