For his third season, designer Nicola Formichetti presented a gender-fluid lineup inspired by the notion of romanticism meets a “Japanese avatar, Hello Kitty street-punk concept,” he said, sending out a gold metallic mesh minidress under a muted pink satin bomber — worn by a guy.
It seems Formichetti is serious about this experiment, offering bomber jackets in glitter athletic mesh, and taking classic sports elements such as MA-1 jackets and hoodies in a deconstructed direction. “We are producing and sourcing everywhere from Asia and Italy to locally here in New York,” he said of the collection, which mixes high and low and is priced from $100-$600. “We want the kids to be able to afford it.”
Although Nicopanda is not for your run-of-the-mill teen, Formichetti’s unique take on the classics will always find a home in the eyes of the fashion savvy — including Lady Gaga, who attended the presentation and later tweeted “Nicopanda. My brilliant rebellious friend @nicolaformichetti #NYFW ballerina Gothic Angie Bowie romance.”