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Mugler show proves there's life after Lady Gaga, as new designer gives debut

09/27/2014 10:40 EDT | Updated 11/27/2014 05:59 EST
PARIS - Following the departure of designer Nicola Formichetti — and, with him, his friend Lady Gaga, who brought renewed interest to the house — there's been a lot of speculation about what the future holds.

But Saturday's debut ready-to-wear 2015 spring-summer catwalk show from Georgian-born designer David Koma will silence critics — it was a success.

The house said it wanted to go back to the pure clothes design (presumably, this means away from the Lady Gaga-like hysteria) and this spring-summer show was just that.

Guests met with a pared-down catwalk, sanitized stage — as if to say, this is no spectacle, this is about the designs.

With an almost couture-like finesse, Koma brought the Mugler woman back to the structured, sexy yet demure esthetic for which it is famed. (Mugler was, after all, responsible for that Demi Moore dress in "Indecent Proposal.")

Luxuriant graphic tuxedos in navy and black as well as sharp-edged white sporty dresses featured alongside silver snaking bands coiling around the body near slits, exposed midriffs and necks.

This Mugler woman — it seemed to say — will not have to sacrifice style to be sexy.

Then came the fire: flashes of flame red on a sporty vest, a lengthy figure-hugging pencil skirt, or flame print licking the breasts of a model in a bright, bold diabolical sheath.

___ Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP

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