80's Divas, Lady Gaga, Latex, Stomping Platforms, Flower Power Dressing...
Mugler Womenswear Fall/Winter 2011:
The Mugler Tough 80's Chic Power Diva Legacy Lives On: And for 2011, it's now being headed by Lady Gaga's Stylist/Creative Director, Mr. Nicola Formichetti, and his co-designer Sébastien Peigné. This was the most anticipated show of Paris Fashion Week. The scene was Church-like; columns and long walkway. Models sauntered and struck DIVA almost-Drag-Queen poses. The word "Fierce" would come to mind as much as that word is soooo two years ago. Lots of very TIGHT suiting, shoulder pads that would rival a Quarterback, heels so high MANY a model stumbled (they really should have gotten Drag Queens, they might have done a better job!) and enough Latex to make 1000 Condoms. The B**** is Back. And in the form of Mugler Fall/Winter 2011. Oh, and did I mention Miss Lady Gaga modeled??
Style.com summed it up this way: The collective vibe as Gaga's magic spell dispersed and the crowd shuffled into the night was one of bemused disappointment. Backstage, though, was another story. There, Formichetti was surrounded by the kind of clamoring mosh pit you're more likely to associate with his collaborator. "Fun is making a comeback," he said. "Mugler was a fashion god for me. It was more than fashion, though, it was entertainment." In that regard—and it's not one you can dismiss easily in our wired world—Formichetti and co. nailed it. But will Gaga be available next season? Maybe so. Formichetti also informed us that his biggest fan has already "bought the entire collection in every color."
Click HERE to watch a Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune interview Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti
Mugler Womenswear Fall/Winter 2011 Full Runway Video:
Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2011
For Fall/Winter 2011, Balenciaga Designer/Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière softened his muse: There were pretty flower print dresses and skirts folded and architecturally draped. There was knit mesh and leather jackets and a defined sense of playing with proportions. The shot of magenta, orange, and purples were fabulous--amongst the black. Just from seeing the photos and the runway video: I LOVED it! This is modern directional sportswear in a very LUXE high-end way. Ghesquière is way too cool for school--as they say.
Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2011 Full Runway Video: