Nicola Formichetti On His Lane Crawford Pop-Up + His Love For Ugly Fish

Jordan Sternberg

Nicola Formichetti, stylist to Lady Gaga, creative director of French fashion house Mugler and Papermag Ibiza ambassador, opened his latest Nicopanda pop-up shop this month in Hong Kong department store Lane Crawford. The Nicopanda collection, also available online, offers iPhone cases, t-shirts and even a Mahjong set, all branded with Formicheti's doe-eyed panda bear designs (also known as Nicopandas). We did a little email interview with Nicola to get the scoop on all of the bear-themed goodies and find out what he's up to next:

Where did the Nicopanda character originate? Why do you like pandas so much?
Friends used to call me Nicopanda because I'm an Asian bear -- a panda!

Do you have any other favorite animals?
I'm into underwater animals --really ugly ones, like the fangtooth angler fish. They are all so alien looking!

Do you have a favorite item in this collection?
I love my crystal zombie panda rings: zombies, pandas, crystals! Three things which have no connection to each other but somehow, it works. I love when that happens

Which of your Nicopanda items tend to get snapped up the quickest?
T-shirts. How can you resist?

What's in store next beyond the Nicopanda pop ups?
This month, I'm traveling in Asia opening up pop-up stores. Then I'll be doing costumes for an opera in Paris, which opens at the end of this month (Pop'pea by Monteverdi). Then I'm working on my next Mugler show. And I'm also launching a Nicopanda bearbrick in June!


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