Were you waiting to feel too funky again? Or am I just dating myself? I miss Thierry Mugler’s hyper-sexualized fashion rocking the runway. Lady Gaga’s longtime fashion collaborator Nichola Formichetti was appointed creative director to the Mugler brand and brought it back to the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week.
The show was a mix of Gothic fetish evolved from the slick spirit of classic Mugler. The backdrop was a stage of pointed cathedral arches. Formichetti showed alien-like exaggerated shoulders, a signature look of Lady Gaga’s. Latex-shiny fabrics, dramatic cut-outs and transparent garments that left nothing to the imagination somehow managed to look chic (over trashy). The muse, Gaga, brought much of the paparazzi with her as she debuted new singles and strutted her body down the runway. Also haunting the runway was performance artist “Zombie Boy”, famous for corpse-like tattoos added to the other-worldly theme.
This was the multi-media fashion spectacle of 2011. A mix of music, video, art and fans madly tweeting is not the show of the future, it’s the mode of today.