Parisian fashion house Thierry Mugler announced late last night that its artistic director, Nicola Formichetti, is leaving the brand after two years. The label had brought him on to re-energize the brand, and that’s just what he did—pal and styling client Lady Gaga sashayed down the runway for his debut collection and just this year, he teamed up with Shopbop to offer a limited-edition handbag covered in his drawings of panda bears and squiggly monsters. “I was kind of an anti-wearable person before, and now I want my girls to wear things,” Formichetti told InStyle.com at the bag’s launch of his approach to design. We’ll be keeping an eye out for where he heads next—especially in his work with new client Kim Kardashian. Update: Diesel has announced that Formichetti has been tapped as the brand’s new artistic director. “I finally met somebody as crazy as I am,” Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel, said in a statement. “Nicola shares my vision and I find it incredibly inspiring to work with him: with his help, I want to break more rules and bring the real Diesel to a new generation.” Nicola’s first project: the #DieselReboot initiative, which aims to gather inspiration from young people around the globe. Head to the brand’s Tumblr to check it out.
Plus, see more of Nicola’s Mugler moments.