At left, Thierry Mugler's 1997 Insect collection, at right, Nicola Formichetti's fall 2012 collection for Mugler. Photo: Getty Images
If last night’s Mugler collection looked familiar, it’s because Nicola Formichetti, presenting his third collection for the brand, was quite inspired by the archives of Thierry Mugler. The show’s notes specifically reference the 1997 Insect collection pictured at left, a show that obviously influenced the clothes, as well as the fringed nail tips, futuristic head gear, complicated walking patterns and mixed materials. The notes call the archives “a place for the female ideal in superhuman proportions.” You might not have to be superhuman to wear the dresses Formichetti showed last night—usually bodycon with cocoon shaped overlays, laser cut peplums and fringe—but you probably can’t be the girl next door either.