By the end of the year 2017, Nicola Formichetti, Diesel’s current artistic director at the time, departed from the clothing and jeans company. The Italian Japanese designer originally joined the brand in 2013, but he then took to Instagram to announce his resignation.
Formichetti wrote on Instagram with a photo of himself with fashion entrepreneur Renzo Russo (who owns Diesel among other companies), that he stepped down and his contract also ended December of that year. He continued to thank Diesel for an incredible five years of enabling him to be creative. He also wished the company the best of luck in its next chapter.
Formichetti joined Diesel as the Italian company’s first artistic director back in 2013, after three years as creative director at Thierry Mugler, which he then rebranded simply to “Mugler.” Prior to joining Mugler, the designer and stylist was best recognized for his work with Lady Gaga, with who he collaborated often in the beginning of 2009. In addition to his position and responsibilities from Diesel, Formichetti was also the fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan and the creative fashion director of Uniqlo, a position he assumed in 2013. He was also acclaimed for this work at Harper’s Bazaar and other fashion publications. He has also worked with companies such as Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, H&M, Umbro, and Nike.
Formichetti made his debut in Venice in April 2014 with a runway show in the Venetian Arsenal, an extravagant event that combined art, fashion, film, and music. Biker jackets, skinny pants, and leather zipped dresses were among the designs he started with that included everything from Nineties-inspired trousers to classic and traditional jeans that he referred to as “denim couture” at the time.
The upbeat tone of a resignation letter made us question if Formichetti’s departure portended a brighter future – after all, there are numerous unfilled creative director jobs waiting to be filled.