Mugler Revisits ‘Les Insectes’ for Eyewear Collab With Gentle Monster


French fashion house Mugler has teamed with South Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster on a range of avant-grade eyewear pieces inspired by Thierry Mugler’s iconic Les Insectes spring 1997 haute couture collection.

The collaboration comprises two frames — Spiral 01 and Spiral 02 — and a conceptual illuminating headpiece.

Thierry Mugler Les Insectes spring 1997 haute couture collection

Thierry Mugler’s iconic Les Insectes spring 1997 haute couture collection.

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Spiral 01, which has a geometric design with tentacle-like spikes around the frame, was inspired by glasses originally included in the insect-themed collection, which have become prized items among fashion collectors and major institutions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Palais Galliera in Paris.

A pair of the original glasses from the collection is being listed on luxury resale site 1stdibs for over 10,000 pounds.

Campaign for Mugler x Gentle Monster collaboration

Campaign for Mugler x Gentle Monster collaboration.

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Spiral 02, meanwhile, offers a more subtle take on Mugler’s avant-garde spirit. The wraparound style features embossed line details — seen on Mugler’s bestselling leggings — and a chrome logo on the temples.

The release is accompanied by a campaign shot by Chinese photographer Theo Liu featuring model Colin Jones and Georgia Palmer.

Model walking the runway of the Thierry Mugler Spring 1997 RTW collection.

Thierry Mugler’s iconic Les Insectes spring 1997 haute couture collection.

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The collaboration will drop through Mugler and Gentle Monster’s official online and offline stores, as well as select multibrand shops worldwide.

Special activations are planned in Seoul and Shanghai to celebrate the launch as well.



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