Nicola Formichetti envisaged Mugler's bags for spring, his first for the 40-year-old label, to be angular and rigid, in homage to Thierry Mugler's wildly sculptural creations. "This is now my fourth collection as creative director of Mugler," he says, "and following the evolution of the brand, I was interested in creating sculptured objects in 3D."
But while you won't see a motorcycle handlebar bodysuit or insect exoskeleton dress, famously created by the namesake designer, you will see Formichetti's interpretation of Lady Gaga's trim derriere, reportedly the inspiration for the first two bags in this slideshow. Of course, the sometime muse of the house doesn't come cheap. Expect to shell out $2100 for the patent leather version and up to $18,000 for patent croc.
Available at Barneys New York, Maxfield, Opening Ceremony, Patron of the New, Joan Shepp, and Shopbop.com, beginning February.