From a meat dress to 'solar-powered' fashion: Lady Gaga's stylist to make clothing that can charge your phone
22:05 GMT, 4 May 2012
The man behind Lady Gaga's wacky outfits is creating his own fashion label.
Nicola Formichetti, the pop star's 34-year-old stylist, will launch his own New York-based accessories and apparel brand in mid-2013.
The Tokyo-born designer told WWD that he is creating 'solar-powered' garments that are intended to charge its wearer's mobile phone.
Man of the moment: Nicola Formichetti (left), who is the stylist for Lady Gaga (right), will release his own fashion line titled Formichetti next year. It is said to include solar-powered clothing
Speaking at the launch of a pop-up store in Hong Kong, which will temporarily stock another one of his collections titled Nicopanda, he described the project as 'very digitally oriented and high-tech.'
The designer, who is also the creative director for French fashion house Mugler, said: 'We've been working with the same fabrics, the same techniques for hundreds of years. That's all great but we need something new.
'Why do you have to have a zipper when you can have a jacket that's molded to your body'
He is planning to create clothes that incorporate the use of solar power and is currently working with a technology company to develop the necessary materials. He declined to name the company or specify where it is based.
Inventive: The half-Italian, half-Japanese born designer is responsible for many of the singer's wacky outfits including 2010's infamous meat dress (left) and a design from his fall 2012 Mugler collection
Stylish duo: The designer added that he and his muse share a deep connection and 'make magic happen'
The label will be named Formichetti.
Catwalk: The Mugler designer also created the above fall 2012 look featured at Paris Fashion Week
The half-Italian, half-Japanese designer is also the creative director for Uniqlo, a Japanese clothing brand.
He is also responsible for Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress.
It is, in fact, the meat dress, which the mega star wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, that gave him the confidence to embark on his own label.
He told Forbes: 'The meat dress was the turning point for me. When what we created
together got so much attention.
'Wow, a piece of clothing attracted that
much attention, positive and negative, wow that's f***ing crazy.'
The designer is now ready to design on his own.
said: '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.'
label will launch online rather than as a collection show during
Fashion Week because the produced garments 'might not have seasons'
attached to them.
Judging by his impressive list of credentials, one can no doubt expect something less than ordinary from the designer.
talents stretch to the world of print also.
Mr Formichetti is the
creative director for Vogue Hommes Japan magazine and Dazed &
But it seems that Lady Gaga will always hold a special place in his heart.
He said: 'Gaga and I are attracted to the same aesthetic. We are connected. We are
in sync. We research a lot. We pull a lot of references. When the date
of the performance or event is closer, we forget about everything we've
'That's when the magic happens.'