Thursday, January 20, 2011

BEAUTY: Clothing

Thierry Mugler is a kind of living legend in the fashion world. His sexy science fiction/ futuristic style shaped much of the 80s. In 2002, he stepped back from the fashion label he created in the 70s to concentrate on other ventures. He created characters and costumes for the Cirque du Soleil production "Zumanity" as well as directing one of the segments of the show. He was also the artistic advisor for Beyoncé's 2009 "I Am..." world tour.

In September of 2010, Nicola Formichetti was named creative director of the Thierry Mugler brand. As Fashion Director and Stylist for Lady Gaga, he seemed to be a perfect choice for the job. The science fiction feeling continues along with a sense of surrealism. The Fall-Winter '11-'12 collection shown at Paris Fashion Week features opera-length rubber gloves, rubber aprons, and clear/ butter hued rubber jackets and trousers (like the rubber pieces Gaga wore in her "Bad Romance" video) along with some amazing VERY WIDE trousers. Dark colors permeate the collection but there are some unexpected splashes of vivid orange in suits and thumbs (only the thumbs) of gloves.

At the end of this post is a link to the Mugler website where you can see a special video featuring clothing from this collection, runway footage, and zombie-tattooed model Rico. For the soundtrack, Lady Gaga contributed a special mix of a song from her upcoming release, "Born This Way."

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