Mugler's backstage live stream

There’s a great piece in WWD today that starts with the line: “Nicola Formichetti firmly believes the future of Mugler lies in the digital world.”

Based on an interview with stylist-turned-creative-director Formichetti, it discusses how the 37-year-old brand is making waves online, achieving over 115m impressions of its March 2 live-streamed show in just a week.

“My job was to resurrect the brand, and to pump it up and bring it to the new decade,” he says. “I had this amazing history and archive but there was nothing for me to work with to make it contemporary. For me, it was taking those amazing historical ideas and transforming them digitally. I design digitally, I communicate digitally, and I live digitally, and I wanted to incorporate that into the brand.”

Of course, having Lady Gaga and her 9.2m Twitter followers on board doesn’t hurt. “Normally, you wouldn’t put pop music in a fashion show,” Formichetti adds, “but it fits with the idea of the new Mugler world — the pop and the high fashion, the real world and the digital mixed with this fantasy world.”

Read the full story, here: Mugler’s Digital World