If you thought designer musical chairs had come to a halt, think again: Nicola Formichetti has left Thierry Mugler.
After two years on the job, Formichetti has decided to part ways with Mugler after reaching a "mutual agreement" with the brand, Women's Wear Daily reports. The designer has become known not only for his celebrity best friends like Lady Gaga (who's walked the Mugler runway) and Kim Kardashian, but also for the success he brought to the fashion house.
After Nicolas Ghesquière and Stefano Pilato's unceremonious departures from their respective design gigs, we're a little curious to know why Formichetti would leave Mugler. Does he have bigger and better things in the works? Will he become a full-time fashion editor now? Was he fired? The 35-year-old only offered us a cryptic hint on Twitter yesterday, tweeting, "Big announcements coming this week!!"
As for the folks at Mugler, they're currently working on a new strategy, but there doesn't seem to be any bitterness on their end. "[Nicola Formichetti] will be a historical part of the Mugler legacy and known as the force that catapulted us forward,” Joel Palix, director general of Mugler, told WWD.
Here's hoping Nicola Formichetti really does have something "big" up his sleeve!
UPDATE: The plot thickens! The New York Post reports, "[S]ources say he’s about to be named creative director at Diesel." Stay tuned for a confirmation.
UPDATE: Nicola Formichetti has been confirmed as the new artistic director of Diesel. According to Women's Wear Daily, he will replace Diesel's founder Renzo Rosso while Rosso focuses on controlling OTB, which encompasses Diesel, Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Staff International and much of Marni, in general. Mazel tov, Nicola!
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