Nicola Formichetti is a Japanse/Italian fashion designer has recently been called “most influential creative forces working in fashion today.” He is also a current and prominent member of the Haus of Gaga and is one of Lady Gaga’s personal Fashion Directors and stylists for many of her music videos as well as her sold-out The Monster Ball Tour.
In addition to Lady Gaga, Formichetti has worked closely with popular Harajuku models Hirari Ikeda and Juria Nakagawa.
In addition to being a stylist to the stars he has been working with his brother Andre to create the brand Nicopanda. Nicopanda had recently graced the streets of Harajuku in the spring of 2011 as a “Popup Shop”, and stayed in Harajuku until the summer of 2012. (See my next post about Popup Shops for more info)
The store features unique street fashion clothes and accessories for the youth culture of Harajuku, most of which feature a mohawked panda, which is the Nicopanda logo. But the store most notably featured a dress made up of Hello Kitty and Nicopanda plush dolls.
“Besides the items for sale, the NICOPANDA popup shop also features a ‘Future Fashion’ art exhibition with original paintings by Nicola Formichetti along with a series of stylized photographs.”
Nicola is currently in the middle of his next big project, and I personally cannot wait so see what he comes up with.
~ Stacey S.