In a statement sent Tuesday to The Associated Press, Formichetti said, "I have had a great time working in Paris with Mugler over the last two years. It was a challenge to re-invigorate the house for a new generation."
Formichetti's womenwear debut attracted a new legion of fans to the Parisian house when he enlisted superstar Lady Gaga to tread the catwalk for the fall-winter 2011 show. He explored space-age themes in his designs and dropped "Thierry" from the house name.
Mugler Director General Joel Palix said Formichetti succeeded in "bringing his energy to the brand" founded by Thierry Mugler in the 1970s.
Updated by The Business of Fashion: A day after Nicola Formichetti announced his departure from Mugler, where he was creative director, reports in the Daily Telegraph suggest that Formichetti will land at the Italian lifestyle label Diesel, part of Renzo Rosso's OTB (Only The Brave) group, which also has holdings in Maison Martin Margiela, Marni and Viktor & Rolf. Some reports indicate that Formichetti and Diesel will soon announce a joint collaboration, while others suggest that Formichetti will assume the role of Diesel's creative director.