If three's a trend, then Nicola Formichetti is right on cue: Following David Koma's departure from Mugler and Jonathan Saunders's at DVF, the Italian designer is rounding out the trio of top-level exits in December by stepping down from his role as Diesel's artistic director, which WWD first reported on Monday.
"The contract expires at the end of December, so there is not that much to say," said Diesel founder Renzo Rosso in a call with WWD. "We've had five fantastic years [including early interaction with Formichetti]. It was a fantastic collaboration. I really love very much what was done, and the relationship between us is really special."
Formichetti arrived at Diesel in 2013 as the Italian brand's very first artistic director, joining from Thierry Mugler — which he renamed to simply "Mugler" — where he had been creative director for three years. Prior to his work at Mugler, the Italian-Japanese designer and stylist was best known for his relationship with Lady Gaga, for whom he was a frequent collaborator dating back to 2009. In addition to his design roles at Diesel, Formichetti is also the fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan, as well as the creative fashion director for Uniqlo, the latter of which he took on in 2013.
There's no word as to whom might replace Formichetti, and we're also left wondering where Formichetti himself might land. On that note, we've reached out to a spokesperson from Diesel and will update this post as we learn more.