BEHIND THE SCENES #4: Nicola Formichetti

September 06, 2016 2:00 PM

TWELV's Behind the Scenes takes a step back and visits the masterminds behind the camera. Read as we host interviews and explore the lives of artists who shape the final product - directors, fashion designers, stylists, hair stylists, makeup artists, and photographers.

 

NICOLA FORMICHETTI 

“What’s important is to keep taking risks and trying new things, giving opportunities to new talents.”

 

You are considered one of the most influential creative forces working in fashion today. How does that feel?

My job feels more like hobby than a job, really; It’s always fun. I always try to do as much as possible to keep inspired and learn about new things. What’s important thing is to keep taking risks and trying new things, giving opportunities to new talents­this is what is really important.

 

You are quite prolific and juggle many different projects across the globe; Where does this need to be “everywhere” come from?

Well, my parents were constantly flying, as my mother is a stewardess and my father a pilot, so I guess a part of this is my constant traveling; Also, It’s the way to keep finding new talent and new inspiration­traveling is a very important part of the inspiration process for many “creative”, I guess.

 

How was it to be born in Japan and to be raised in Rome? Did you try to assimilate both culture? How did they influence you and your work?

Yes I was always trying to assimilate both cultures, but London also influenced me a lot —That’s where I moved to study architecture but ended up being a club kid and then working for dazed and confused. All this together constitutes my background of mixing culture.

 

So, tell me, how did you get into fashion?

In my early 20’s, I used to be buyer for avant­garde London shop The Pinéal Eye, and then, Katy England of Dazed and confused asked me to be one of their fashion editors with the =eye spy= monthly column; then, I became the magazine’s fashion director in 2005.

 

What makes you like fashion so much?

What interests me about fashion is to destroy it in a way [and then] to recreative it — probably something I got from english punk subcultures. I also appreciate the possibilities you have in fashion to meet incredibly nice and creative people, and that you can always try new things. Fashion is a constant experimentation.

 

Before joining Mugler, what did you name evoke for you? Can you tell us about how you got the job at Mugler?

For me, Thierry Mugler is a fashion god. It was the perfect mix between technicality of fashion and the show, the big shows with all the supermodels, and the pop stars. A Thierry Mugler Show is beyond fashion — it’s entreatment. So when Mugler CEO Joel Palix called to ask me to become Mugler’s creative director, it was totally unexpected and I was not sure I could take over such a legacy, but after discussing the job offer with Lady Gaga, I decided to say yes!

 

How would you describe the new Mugler world?

The first thing we did was to change the name from Thierry Mugler to Mugler, to make a digital, global label for fashion — without frontiers. No borders, [neither] geographically nor creatively. Want to take fashion to the next level with Mugler. We have this amazing history and achieve but had to transform then into the digital world. The Mugler fashion vocabulary is still there; it’s updated into the digital fashion era. 

 

In addition to Mugler, you also work with Uniqlo. What do you think of this tendency for great designer to democratize fashion by making affordable, Ready­-to­-Wear Collections? What does teaming up with Uniqlo mean for you?

I am all about democratization — this is what I’m doing when we live­streamed 24/7 from the Mugler studio three days before the menswear F/W 2012, 2013 show. We opened doors to what nobody else ever showed to the world before, because I want the kids on Facebook or Twitter or Weibo to be able to be part of it. Uniqlo has this genuine democracy of fashion in the way that heir apparel is willing to help people, with easy access and helpful products. This collaboration brings to me the possibility to see all different sides of fashion, giving me a wide range of approaches to making fashion.

 

We live in a very digital world right now. What do you think of all these social networks, blogging, etc.? Are they good for your work?

It’s good thing. It abolishes the barrier there used to be between the elite and the rest of the world; now everybody access any information and all doors are open for everyone — this is what’s great. In my work, I collaborate with everyone on the web, and I design, as a collaborative effort, digitally people located in all parts of the world. I’m not a elitist so I want to share what I’m doing with everyone; I remember that straight after the Mugler F/W 2011, 2012 women’s show. Gaga and I ran backstage to our computer and went on Twitter to read what the fans were saying. I did put a lot of energy in the different live streams of Mugler shows because I wanted the people in front of their computer screens to have a better seat than the people in the front row!

 

You will soon laughing your own brand. Can you tell me more about it? Is it going to be available everywhere?

For now, NicoPanda is about accessible t­-shirts, jewelry, and other special pieces sold in temporary pop­ up stores all over the world and in select stores around the world, before the end of the year. It’s really about my alter ego NicoPanda, and it’s fun.

 

With so many projects in the works, how do you manage to find time to look for inspiration?

This is how I find my inspiration: By working with many, many, many different people from all over the world, from so many different fields of work, in so many different place, and for so many different projects. It keeps my mind open to new vision and brings me a constant flow of inspiration.

 

And how do find time for yourself? What do you like to do in your free time?

Actually, I love to use my free time to put together new ideas, so it’s kind work also, but I slide play piano. I was trained as a classical pianist as a child, so I still play for relaxation.

 

The theme of our issue is transformation. If you had the chance to transform into anything, what would you be?

[Laughs] Probably a panda!

 

Who would you like to transform into?

I think Gaga and I are already transforming her into many different characters during our collaboration together, and there’s, for sure, much more to come.∞

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: BRANISLAV JANKIC

 

related posts

Photo by Noritaka Tatehana

Noritaka Tatehana Exclusive Interview

The talented young Japanese designer, Noritaka Tatehana, who collaborated with Iris Van Herpen to design Lady Gaga’s shoes.

November 03, 2015 10:00 AM  |  People
Photo Credit: Chris Schoonover

CHAOS CHAOS Interview

Formerly known as Smoosh, Asy and Chloe Saavedra of Chaos Chaos have always been a sister-sister duo.

October 12, 2015 10:00 AM  |  People

THE KNOCKS Takes Tokyo

Recently, electro-pop duo, The Knocks, visited Japan to perform in the ARC+TWELV party at ARC, a newly opened venue in Tokyo.

October 11, 2015 11:00 AM  |  People

CAVERNS Interview

TWELV had privilage of chatting with our friends from the band Caverns. The trio hail from NYC and are pretty much all over the music scene here!

July 26, 2015 11:00 AM  |  People

Michael Phillips Moskowitz, eBay Chief Curator & Ed. Director, Interview

TWELV Magazine had the pleasure of connecting with Michael Phillips Moskowitz, the Global Chief Curator & Editorial Director at eBay.

July 22, 2015 10:00 AM  |  People

NEW TYPE #7: EKAT - Katya INTERVIEW

"Introducing a new generation of designers" 

July 16, 2015 2:00 PM  |  People

Mai Mukaida Interview

Makeup Artist / CEO, Lalitpur.

Believes in the power of cosmetic

and lives with women in Nepal.

June 11, 2015 10:00 AM  |  People

M KOUGER INTERVIEW: Farmhouse

With the fabulous Chloe 81, the oysterrific Chloe 81 Blue Room and the recently opened Farmhouse Restaurant, M Kouger has established an essential trifecta of entertainment in NYC’...

May 19, 2015 1:30 PM  |  People

NEW TYPE #6: BERENIK- Veronica Brusa INTERVIEW

"Introducing a new generation of designers"

April 30, 2015 1:47 PM  |  People

REI SHITO INTERVIEW

Street Fashion Photographer

and Style Blogger.

Loves in Street and the Beyond

 

April 26, 2015 9:36 AM  |  People

Interview: The Refined Opulence of Hoorsenbuhs

The Hoorsenbuhs name has become synonymous with exclusivity, craftsmanship, and opulence.  Once nothing more than the ambitious brainchild of creator Robert Keith, the brand has become a staple in...

April 14, 2015 6:06 PM  |  People

NEW TYPE #5: HAZE Collection INTERVIEW

 "Introducing a new generation of designers"

March 17, 2015 3:51 PM  |  People

TWELV ARCHIVE #1: NORMAN REEDUS interview

February 24, 2015 6:45 PM  |  People

IKEMEN #29: JAY XERO

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

February 19, 2015 11:21 PM  |  People

Travis Bass Interview

New York’s Greenwich Village is now home to a new and amazing club created by the ultimate party planner/Pop Up Club designer, Travis Bass, called ZAZOU.

January 24, 2015 3:59 PM  |  People

NEW TYPE #4: SAUNDER - Emily Saunders interview

 "Introducing a new generation of designers"

January 13, 2015 5:42 PM  |  People

NEW TYPE #3: GLORIA YU interview

"Introducing a new generation of designers" 

December 30, 2014 4:31 PM  |  People

IKEMEN #28: CJ Swanton & Mariko Derpa

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

December 15, 2014 11:14 AM  |  People

NEW TYPE #2: VINTI ANDREWS - Vinti Tan and Paul Andrews INTERVIEW

"Introducing a new generation of designers"

December 01, 2014 1:42 PM  |  People

NEW TYPE #1: DEJAN DESPOTOVIC INTERVIEW

"Introducing a new generation of designers"

November 08, 2014 2:06 PM  |  People

BEHIND THE SCENES #3: KATSUYA KAMO

TWELV's Behind the Scenes takes a step back and visits the masterminds behind the camera.

November 07, 2014 4:54 PM  |  People

SUK CHAI INTERVIEW "SCHAI"

“My hands and eyes ooze desire to create when I touch something special.  When I touch the “right” fabric, I usually close my eyes and visualize all the things I can create.”

November 03, 2014 1:51 PM  |  People

IKEMEN #27: M KOUGER

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

October 08, 2014 3:01 PM  |  People

NORITAKA TATEHANA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

NORITAKA TATEHANA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

September 24, 2014 7:45 PM  |  People

IKEMEN #26: KANAMI KAWAGUCHI

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

September 17, 2014 1:24 PM  |  People

MAISON KITSUNé INTERVIEW

During their first ever showing in New York Fashion Week, TWELV Magazine and I got to catch up with the talented duo behind the remarkable brand, MAISON KITSUNÉ, We spoke with Gildas Loaëc and...

September 15, 2014 4:03 PM  |  People

MARIA HEDMARK INTERVIEW

Although Swedish transplant MARIA HEDMARK has only been in New York City for three years, her line, LINIE NYC, takes its name straight from the city that never sleeps.

September 03, 2014 1:49 PM  |  People

IKEMEN #25: LANDON MILLER

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

August 21, 2014 7:51 PM  |  People

JAE YONG KIM INTERVIEW “CERAMIC GENIUS”

“Ceramic Genius”

 

August 12, 2014 5:55 PM  |  People

MASAYA KUSHINO INTERVIEW

TWELV takes a step back and visits the masterminds behind the camera.

June 27, 2014 2:17 PM  |  People

IKEMEN #24: LUKE ABBY

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

June 26, 2014 6:28 PM  |  People

ERIN FETHERSTON EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

NAME: Erin Fetherston
ORIGIN: California
OCCUPATION: Fashion Designer 

June 19, 2014 4:08 PM  |  People

CRYSTAL KAY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

NAME: Crystal Kay
ORIGIN: Yokohama, Japan
OCCUPATION: Performer and musician

June 13, 2014 2:08 PM  |  People

IKEMEN #23: ANSONI

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

May 28, 2014 5:04 PM  |  People

IKEMEN #22: ADAM SPOONT

IKEMEN (ē´k´mɛn): Japanese Slang

"REALLY, REALLY, RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE"

May 21, 2014 2:45 PM  |  People

BABËL New York Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary With Two Day Event of Excess and Splendor

BABEL NEW YORK acclaimed the NYC party scene in celebration of their First Year Anniversary. As temperatures begin to heat up in NYC, there is no better locale than the much desired rooftop.

May 14, 2014 11:44 PM  |  People

Pages

SITE BY: monocomplex©Marbles & Marbles International Inc. Drupal Development by: DivDiv, NYC
▲ back to top ▲