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Nicola + Gaga = BFF.
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Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Jo Calderone was (*GASP*), according to Lady Gaga’s former stylist and “BFF forever,” Nicola Formichetti. In a recent interview with SHOWstudio, the long-time Haus of Gaga fashion director admitted that the creation of Gagaloo’s iconic male alter-ego was basically birthed on a whim. (IDK about y’all, but my whims only birth things like online shopping debt and buyer’s remorse.) “[One] morning … we were supposed to shoot for Vogue Japan, and we were like, ‘We need to do something crazy,’” Formichetti said. “And we transformed her into a male, her male character, Jo. And it was incredible … It was so spontaneous and very theater. It was amazing.” All in a day’s work! *flips hair*


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Lady Gaga, Nicola Formichetti

Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti: BFFs forever.
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Lady Gaga's style has gone through so many tweaks and transformations but has always remained equal parts iconic and arresting. Much of that is thanks to Mother Monster's innate inimitable steez, but a heavy-handed pour of that is also attributable to longtime stylist/Haus of Gaga Fashion Director Nicola Formichetti. Apparently, the transition from Creative Director of Mugler to his current standing as Artistic Director of Diesel isn't the only change in roles for Formichetti—he told WWD at a Uniqlo launch event in Tokyo that his involvement in Lady Gaga's signature headline-making style is far less frequent now.


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Nicola Formichetti's work with Mugler, Lady Gaga, and others.
Photo: Nicola Formichetti's Tumblr

Whoa. Big news in fashion as Nicola Formichetti parts ways with Mugler after two years as creative designer. According to the hot fashion goss, the Gaga collaborator and Kim K stylist may be landing at Diesel, in either a creative director capacity or for a "major collaboration." In any case, we've covered Nico's tenure at Mugler over the seasons and while I'm a huge fan of his fluid, elongated silhouettes and exoskeletons-in-outerspace aesthetic, it's his continued dedication to social-media stalking the exact the same musicians we do (ahem, Azealia Banks and G-Dragon) that keeps him on our radar. Plus, the new music that's debuted at his shows as a result of these Internet unions, ranging from Lady Gaga's "Government Hooker" at A/W 2011, to his collaboration with aforementioned K-pop star, G-Dragon, for A/W 2013 mens, is also major.


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Nicola Formichetti, G-Dragon

Nicola Formichetti and Big Bang's G-Dragon.
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The one thing I can't get enough of is how Nicola Formichetti commissions exclusive music for his shows with Mugler. It's never predictable and the selections have run the gamut from Lady Gaga to Azealia Banks to the legendary Japanese composer Ryuchi Sakamoto. Each time, it's like the score cracks open Nicola's head to reveal what he was thinking during the inception of each collection and it's fascinating. So when "Nicopanda" shot me an email that he'd been working with Korean megastar, Big Bang's G-Dragon for his latest, I got really excited. It's hardly news to regular readers of this site that K-pop is my jam.

When Nicola and I talked yesterday afternoon he was exhausted but energized. It was 10:00PM Paris time and he still had about 10 more dudes to fit before he could go home. That said, he wasn't too tired to give me the scoop on his "theme song" for the Mugler Fall/Winter 2013 Men's collection. Despite Big Bang's success, it's G-Dragon's work on his own that Nicola specifically responded to. "I wasn't sure that Big Bang's music was right," says Formichetti. "It's too pop for what I wanted to do with the season but G-Dragon's solo career has a lot more rap, trance, a lot more techno."


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I've said it (aka tweeted it) and I'll say it again: Maluca Mala is EVERYTHING. Yeah, there's a whole crop of emerging ferosh female MCs doing their thang right now, but y'all MUST keep an eye out for the awesomely self-described Dominican princess with a penchant for spitting sassy flows. What really gets my lashes batting are the Harlem-raised talent's serious head-turning eye candy '90s-heavy lewks she fearlessly werqs/I sartorial Stan for. (Color contacts and chokers = <3!) Like Maluca, I'm a fan of a good designer-meets-thrift combo. Unlike Maluca, I'm not homies with the Opening Ceremony crew and don't own custom-made Levi's courtesy of Nicola Formichetti. :'( There's also that VFiles "Xtreme Fashion Week" video in which MM plays host whilst sporting a video camera on her forehead and brilliantly gushes to A. Wang post-show: "That collection was like, OVA!" *Faints* #PleaseBeMyBFF Additionally, I'm obsessed with homegirl's "Lola" music video starring bad ass super-model JENNY SHIMIZU. *J'Dead* Well, I got Maluca to take a hot sec from her dizzying studio sched—where she's finishing up her sure-to-be AMAZE 'Massive Pow Pow' EP—to spill the fashion-y rave-friendly beans for this week's Favorite Things. FYI: Sartorial-induced side-effects include envy and euphoria.


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Nichola Formichetti.
Photo: Courtesy of Nichola Formichetti

It's a daunting pursuit to accurately describe fashion magician/sartorial-slaying super-hero/"Nicopanda," aka Nicola Formichetti. Also, I'm frightened of those Little Monster paws, so take it easy you guys. But I will blog the obvious: he's amazing. Reminders: as Gaga's Fashion Director, Formichetti is responsible for upgrading the universe's reigning pop sartorial superstar's penchant for hair bows and disco sticks for racy rotting meat dresses/bloody berets and nabbing many an award (see: 2011’s CFDA Fashion Icon Award) and Vogue cover (I personally fashion fancy the Lynn Yaeger moment albeit with a cotton candy bob). Formichetti’s also creative director of Mugler, and let me just say, last week's immaculate show, resulted in me having euphoric dreams involving patent leather perfection and spitting Azealia Banks' flows in my sleep. #SorryRoomie Additionally, he's fashion ambassador for UNIQLO, EIC of Vogue Hommes Japan, and supremely talented at being a foxy drool-inducing dream boat. *Faints* I'm also quite impressed with the fashion-y fact that he made pandas chic. #WhoRunTheWorld? So, as y'all can imagine, I'm SO EXCITED for today's especially special Favorite Things. Spoiler Alert: If you're anything like hot messy me, you will want everythang. You will open a credit card or seven in preparation for the debut of his Nicopanda line and international pop-up shops. You will drunk cry tequila tears whilst getting a Nicopanda tramp-stamp. In short, ahuh, I totally wanna marry the fashion knight (had to!).


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Monster X

"Monster X" bag.
Photo: Nicola Formichetti's Twitter

Some opt for subtle hints and some shout from the mountaintop--voices in fashion take different approaches to getting a message across. Well y'all, this week we've kept our ears to the STREETZ.

Handbags Inspired By Lady Gaga's Tush
In the wake of Lady Gaga's recent brave response to weight-haters (think: her awesomely meta Comme Des Garçons coat), we couldn't be more excited that Mugler's first-ever leather bag collection celebrates the pop super-diva's BEhind. We wonder, though, is this a bold statement on behalf of her good friend (and Mugler creative director) Nicola Formichetti, or just a fortuitous coincidence? {via Refinery 29}

Grazing Sheep In New York City's Bryant Park
Excuse us while we SHUT THE FRONT DOOR because today the Campaign for Wool turns NYC's Bryant Park into a meadow for thirty. grazing. sheep. The UK-based environmental organization created this installation in an effort to educate the public on the natural benefits of wool, a sustainable and durable fabric. Our response: bring on the fleece. {via Racked National}

GROK Leather Bowtie Collection
Ladies and gents! Bowties NO longer come standard with Croakies and a cigar! Japanese leather artisan GROK Leather punches some attitude into this classic collar piece for its Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Each masterfully crafted ehem LEATHER bowtie displays controversial four-letter words and brings a whole new meaning to the term "statement piece." {via Hypebeast}

Karl Lagerfeld's Allergy
Karl Lagerfeld sat down for a little Q&A with M Magazine to share a few rules about his personal style. And, well, the interview quickly turned into a feast of LOL-candy. The brassy and beloved designer claims to be "physically allergic to flip-flops." Oh Karl, tell us how you really feel. {via Fashionologie}

Pimp My Stroller
Cars have headlights, so why can't strollers? Brooklyn-based inventor Bruce Fraizer will hook up your stroller with cup holders, flashing LED lights, and an iPod dock. The idea was conceived after Fraizer accidentally ran into a mom with a stroller (...), so this new service aims to make transporting tots safer and, er, casually well-equipped for an EDM festival.
{via Animal NY}

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If you follow Kanye West on Twitter, you've probably heard of The Fancy. Not because he's updated his verified account on the Pinterest competitor (*ACHEM* still blank as of August 9, 2012), but because he's promoted it not once but twice to his 8,252,169 followers and hinted at his involvement with the tech start-up. We have no idea how likely or unlikely it may be that you've heard of the website since we live and breath internet vapor, but we'll give you a little run-down anyway. The Fancy combines the visual collaging made popular by Pinterest and Tumblr with the shoppability of Svpply and packages it all together in a winning (and lucrative!) combination that has reportedly piqued Apple's interest. More importantly to us, though, we get to full-on culture vulture on the wish lists of our favorite music and fashion icons via verified celebrity accounts! Along with the pricey cars and high-end wardrobe staples, some of these celebs are fancying some really funny stuff (which we're sure were all meant in jest). To follow are just a few of our findings. Enjoy!


Rick Ross fancied this Louis Vuitton Jason Mask.
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Equal parts fabulous and terrifying, rapper Rick Ross fancied this Louis Vuitton leather Jason mask.


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Andrew Garfield on V Man and i-D

Andrew Garfield on the cover of 'i-D' and 'V Man.'
Photo: Courtesy of Alasdair McLellan/i-D and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin/V Man

Welcome to the summer of Andrew Garfield. Thanks to starring in one of 2012's biggest blockbusters , The Amazing Spider-Man (which hits theaters in July!), no matter where you turn, you're going to see his precious little face staring right back at you. (Including the 2012 Movie Awards because he's presenting! YASSS.) We're so not mad at this because 1.) It means we have more reasons to ogle him in that crotch-hugging Spidey suit and 2.) It also means, YAY! He's on the cover of, like, every magazine ever. Just this week we were hit with two gorge cover shots of Andrew—one on i-D and another on V Man.


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Azealia Banks Elle

Azealia Banks in the May issue of 'Elle' magazine.
Photo: Nicola Formichetti/'Elle' Magazine

Another day, another amazing Elle "Women In Music" photo shoot! This time the mag featured one of our fave female rappers, Ms. Azealia Banks. Nicola Formichetti styled AND shot AZ in this Mickey Mouse-inspired ensemble, which takes us wayyyy back to our Disneyland days. (Also, hai, remember her "212" music video debut in a Mickey sweater? Looks like someone has a soft spot for that ol' mouse.) Here she sports a Moschino chapeau (which is actually a matador hat!) to match Mickey on her custom canary yellow Boadicea Claridge latex dress—and quizzical facial expression.


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