Mugler Brings Out the Gimp

I’m tired of this fetishistic trend in fashion, and one day you’ll be tired of it. too.

While I do like a man in a wedding dress, the Gimp-inspired looks are just sad rather than shocking. Mugler’s muse, Zombie Boy, is the perfect example of Goth Tribalism taken far too seriously.

Take the Gimp back into the basement and take Gaga with him. Wake me when it’s all over.

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28 Responses to Mugler Brings Out the Gimp

  1. Jean says:

    I thought this is by far the worst collection shown at men’s fall fashion week so far. I agree, the concept is overdone and trying to be ‘out there’ but really it’s just boring. The review was really great. The author said that there was more styling on show than actual design.

  2. Jane Schott says:

    Everyday is Halloween on the runway!

  3. E says:

    Is this the sartorial equivalent of blacked-out windows in cars?
    I’m buying shares in net-curtains.

  4. honeypants says:

    I agree, but the guy in the second pic with the long gloves is pretty hot.

  5. Sheri says:

    Hear, hear. It’s not fashion, it’s self-consciously weird performance art.

  6. Joy D. says:

    I didn’t see to much fetishim, I am also a fan of Mugler though. And Zombie Boy, although not a guy I would be into, has a pretty amazing body of work on his…ugh…body.

  7. PP says:

    Agree x 1,000

  8. I was tired of it about 20 years ago.

  9. Marky says:

    Boring, right? While I believe runway events should be theatrical and dramatic, the focus should always come back to the clothes, and these clothes are boring.

  10. james says:

    I think Nicola did an excellent job with this collection! Although I do agree with Cathy Horyn that it would be more intriguing if the cuts of the garments were inspired by zombie boy. More skeletal and repetitive.. There’s certainly something dark and brutal about gimp masks. I find them fascinating yet intimidating. These ones were more latex-y and second-skin rather than leathery with zipper. But it is ironic (sometimes seemingly pathetic) seeing sexual fetish gear in an “ooh that’s so chic!” context. I feel like most things are fetishistic in fashion? Even a floral dress can be read as sacrificial virgin! All trends suck and they are cyclical!

  11. liz says:

    Not sure about this, but love Zombie Boy. As a coney island girl who had the biggest crush on rok rok-it, i can’t not be fascinated, intrigued and obsessed with him.

  12. Dru says:

    All I think when I look at these are, was Nicola Formichetti trying to pay tribute to Leigh Bowery?

    It’s high time for Mugler to go back to being things that aren’t perfume, but I guess this is the best we’ll get for now.

  13. Yes wake me up when it is all over too!

  14. Queen Marie says:

    Amen Sister!


  15. Lorena says:

    I agree, I didn’t like the collection either (except for the puffy pants and puffy jackets). On the street I might like some of this stuff but I have different expectations for a fashion show. It just wasn’t very original. One could argue that nothing in fashion is original but this felt extremely recycled, at least make an effort! It’s easy to take crusty patched pants from punk kids in the street but where is the actual DESIGN in that? It’s too easy. I’d like to see designers at least making an effort to come up with new ideas or use recycled ideas in a different way. Junya Watanabe did the fetish/punk thing in a way that felt like it still fit on the runway but to me this Mugler collection just looks like I’ve already seen it all.

  16. Braindance says:

    The second picture looks like they have tried to recreate the scene in Barbarella where listless people are fused with the rocks and draped in sparkly cobwebs in the labrynth where Pygar lives, but without the irony or unadulterated campness.

  17. Laura H says:

    I really love that the image search results also include a portrait of Zombie Turtle Boy:

  18. Andra says:

    Ha ha ha ha!

  19. Suspended says:

    Have you seen a picture of Mugler lately??

    Absolutely creepy. He manages to make Mickey Rourke look like a poster boy for perfect plastic surgery. And just when you think you can’t hold your luncheon down a moment longer, there it is, the saline injected cock that looks like it’s caught a bad dose of elephantiasis, vomit!

  20. kate says:

    the thing about working on folsom (as in folsom st fair) in soma is that when you see someone “rocking” this look it’s not so much fashion as it is literal. as in, if you see someone wearing leather fetish wear, they actually… you know.

  21. Brie says:

    I was actually repelled by the “Gimp as fashion accessory” thing Mugler did here. If I had any desire to look at men in Gimp costume sI would most likely Google them for photos or, if I was of such a kinky bent, go to a sex show somewhere. I am over this look before I even was pointed to it by you in this post. It is just something that doesn’t seem the least appealing to me and I don’t get it being used in a fashion show.

  22. Cricket9 says:

    Stupid tricks. Just show the damn clothing, for fuck’s sake.

  23. M says:

    Actually I’m a fan of Nicola’s work but this is just…. boring! There’s nothing unique or new… I’m sorry for you Nicola.

    But hey I love the idea that the remixed Gaga song during the show is called “Scheiße”, what’s german and means shit. or did I just miss the irony? or is Scheiße the description of the collection?

  24. Stacy says:

    A tired boring show. Are those plastic bags over their heads? They should know better.

  25. y n c says:

    “zombie boy” is a dude who i have seen walking around montreal for years, i always assumed he was a squeegee punk. he may have been. he may still be. i used to call him “misfits face.” when i saw him in this video i lost my shit.

  26. Eek says:

    I feel so sorry for Zombie Boy. he is obviously profoundly mentally ill. What will he do if he ever gets better or gets old?

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