For Nicola Formichetti's second collection for Mugler, Lady Gaga appeared only on the screen, in a short film shown at the start of the show. As the first reviews trickle in, it seems as though the lack of Lady Gaga in the flesh, and the accompanying hype, left show-goers wanting much more from the clothes.
According to the Washington Post, the round of applause at the end of the presentation was "tepid", while The Wall Street Journal's Christina Binkley Tweeted:
I have rarely seen so many pissed off people rush out of a fashion show. Mugler. #pfw No new trends there.
Formichetti, who works alongside designer Sébastien Peigné, in the show notes said, "We are essentially deconstructing a remembered history of Mugler rather than a ‘real’ archival one – it is about remembering rather than studying," citing inspiration from Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch and Grecian drapery, among other things.
The result: a spring collection that was certainly softened from fall's sci-fi dominatrix sheers and body-encasing latex to a neutral-hued lineup of assymetric, cut-out suits, tunics and dresses that don't necessarily stand out without Gaga strutting around in them.