Nicola Formichetti: Power Behind the Lady Gaga (Fashion) Throne
In her fantabulous new fashion-fest of a video, Bad Romance, Lady Gaga may wear the crown - literally...not to mention rubber, anime contact lenses, towering McQueen Spring 2010 heels and looks, a diamond crown/body suit, giant crystal rosary, trailing polar bear coat, and even an Austin Powers'ish incendiary metal bra - but the one styling her image is Nicola Formichetti. Born in Japan to an Italian father and Japanese mother, he splits his time between New York, London, and Tokyo, serving the Lady and styling every celeb worth caring about (including Chloe Sevigny, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rinko Kikuchi). And talk about influential: with clients such as Levis, YOOX.com, H&M, Gareth Pugh, and Alexander McQueen - and as Creative Director of Dazed & Confused, Fashion Director of Vogue Hommes Japan, Senior Fashion Editor of Another Man, and Contributing Fashion Editor of V, V Man and Another...he is pretty much singlehandedly determining what the Cool Kids everywhere are wearing. Check him out at NicolaFormichetti.com.
- Lesley Scott