After four years, David Koma is leaving his post as artistic director for Mugler. The French house announced that the womenswear designer, who was appointed in 2013, will now focus solely on his eponymous, London-based label. 38-year-old American designer Casey Cadwallader has been named as Koma’s replacement, effective immediately.
Koma was first hired to replace Nicola Formichetti, Mugler’s creative director for two years following the iconic brand’s relaunch. Since his appointment, each season in Paris, the Tbilisi-born Koma delivered sharp, ‘80s-tinged wares—slick power suits and sexy cut-outs were common—that were at once sophisticated and powerful. Backstage during his final showing for Spring 2018, he told us, “I think it’s most exciting when a woman can play with whatever she wants” and that it’s “interesting” for him to experiment with elements of “romance, sensuality, and transparency.”