Mugler Resort 2013 Collection
June 28, 2012 by J.T.
Futuristic, kimono-wearing seductresses will be turning heads this winter in Mugler’s latest resort-wear. Playing with sculptured shaping on dresses, asymmetrical jackets, towering high-waisted pants, color blocked belts, and wide, rounded sleeves, creative director Nicola Formichetti and Sebastien Peigné’s vision of the Mugler woman embodies the strength of an Olympic athlete with the tenderness of a kabuki thespian.
The first look sets the tone; drawing upon the Japanese flag for inspiration, a red and white top textured in a quasi leather-rubber material created a squarish silhouette which was tempered with a mid-slit knee length skirt. Pants were given an almost ‘manga-mantis’ shape, with a focus on wide leggings that covered footwear creating a floating effect. A zipperless, sculptured perfecto was demarcated asymmetrically down the middle in white and red while another crimson perfecto number was cinched at the hips with a white waistband. Blackened silk melded to a rubberized white kimono dress with a red skinny belt looked ideal for beach fetes. The collection was not a flag frock affair, though, as Nicola and Sebastien played with a bold yellow and black asteroid print on skirts and pants, creating standout pieces in the process.
Playing with dimension and volume on sleeves was key to the collection’s narrative, through top sleeves being padded, rounded, cut and left loose at the elbow or being removed entirely for added effect. Cylindrical sleeves on a charcoal jumpsuit and a egg-carton cotton padded number looked effervescently powerful while the padded, short sleeves on a pink kimono look with an ocean wave sculptured white belt had a sensual quality that could easily migrate from the bedroom to the Boom Boom Room. Plunging necklines and tapered shoulders in the final looks left us with a reminder about the house’s knack for seductive sophistication.
With our fashion appetite already whetted for Resort, we were left wanting more than the standard 20 looks. Still, with the prospect that Fall is fast approaching, our yearning for more of this revived Mugler design direction has us counting the days until October.
Photos by Frederik Heyman courtesy of Mugler