7 Head-Turning Fashion Start-ups

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Nicola Formichetti

After rising the ranks as an editor at edgy fashion mags such as V and Vogue Hommes Japan, Nicola Formichetti soared to international stardom as the avant-garde fashion guru to singer/artist Lady Gaga (he's responsible for the infamous "meat dress"). He was then named the fashion director at Parisian fashion house Thierry Mugler. His first mens collection debuted in Paris in January. While not a traditional start-up, Formichetti's signature style has become a force within the industry in a matter of a few years, and that's an inspiration to plenty of companies eager to build their brands.