Nicola Formichetti Launching His Own High-Tech High Fashion Line
May 04, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
Always one to push the boundaries of fashion -- whether in his role as creative director of Mugler, as stylist for Lady Gaga, or fashion director at Vogue Hommes Japan -- for his own label Nicola Formichetti wants to take fashion into the digital age, incorporating technology in ways it's never been used before.
Itll be very digitally oriented and high-tech," the designer said of his line, christened Formichetti. Rather than debuting each season during fashion week, Formichetti will launch online some time in 2013, independent of seasons. "Weve been working with the same fabrics, the same techniques for hundreds of years. Thats all great, but we need something new.
Formichetti is working with an undisclosed technology company to create clothes that could possibly use solar power to charge the wearer's phone and new fabrics and materials that could mold to a person's body -- "Why do you have to have a zipper when you can have a jacket thats molded to your body?
After years of devoting himself to various projects, Formichetti is finally devoting some time to himself. "This year I wanted to focus on my own dream. Being a stylist, you always hide behind a brand, but because of Gaga and Mugler, I needed to come out onto the scene. I had to embrace it." [WWD]