PARIS--There's always a bit of a crowd surrounding a fashion show--usually it's comprised of street style photographers and the people who want to be snapped by them (editors and buyers rush in just before the show starts). But the scene outside Gymnase Japy last night for Nicola Formichetti's first womenswear collection for Mugler was more akin to the scene outside a Lady Gaga concert. Her little monsters were there in throngs, hanging outside the venue for a glimpse at their icon, who would walk twice for her friend and collaborator.
Formichetti titled his first RTW collection for Mugler, "Anatomy of Change Femme - Mode Sans Frontiers," and it's true there were no borders at his show. Gone was the traditional runway and in its place was a network of columns that mimicked a Gothic cathedral. "I want to look at fashion from within and outside the industry and collaborate with people from all walks of life," Formichetti said in his line sheet. "I like the idea of a performance and fashion and having people participate in it and feel part of it in a different way."
If that was Formichetti's goal for last night's show, he certainly met it. Models didn't walk the runway--they sashayed and vamped like they were on RuPaul's Drag Race, weaving in between the pillars, often using them to steady themselves when they stumbled atop their sky-scraper heels. The clothes enhanced the over-the-top performance--skin tight, big spiked shoulders, and sheer cut outs so revealing they exposed the entire chest. The models, their hair styled in white spikes so they looked like African crowned cranes, seemed to enjoy the opportunity to "werk" the runway rather than stomp down it sullenly and straight-faced. Bonus points to Coco Rocha who showed everyone up, screaming as she hit her mark in front of the photogs.
But it was Lady Gaga who stole the show--stumbling not once in her towering eight inch platforms while numerous seasoned models nearly face-planted. At one point she took the train of her gown, wrapped it around a pillar and dry humped it. She owned her looks on the runway--and now she'll actually own every piece in the collection. We just got word she bought the whole collection. Which is a good thing since Lady Gaga is probably the only person who can get away with wearing any of it.