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Nicola Formichetti debuts a kawaii Nicopanda Spring collection

The Japanese-Italian designer has mixed sportwear with Harajuku kawaii-ness

By Nalisa Alia Amin | Published: 11 Sep 2014

Kawaii Nicopanda
Photo: Nicopanda

Known for his contributions to the fashion industry, from styling fashion publications to designing with Lady Gaga, for Uniqlo and Thierry Mugler, Nicola Formichetti, who is now the artistic director for Diesel, has released the Spring collection for his own label, Nicopanda.

Inspired by the Japanese Harajuku sub-culture, the collection contains 32 unisex styles featuring neoprene, ruffles, black mesh-lace tulle shorts, and baby pink and white caps with pearls. "It's like Nicopanda, Tumblr, everything I like," said Nicola of the Lolita Harajuku mash sportswear collection.

"You know, I split my jobs. This is completely different from Diesel. This other side of me is much more color-y and younger and more fun. I want to wear everything here!" Ruffled basketball shorts for Nicola, comin' right up.

The prices of the collection are also affordable compared to his usual high fashion. "I didn't want to do anything expensive just for the sake of it. I think it's cool that everyone can get it and wear it."

Prices of the collection range from $95 (approximately RM304) for tees to $195 (approximately RM624) for special sweatshirts. 


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