>> With Thierry Mugler set for a comeback under the direction of Nicola Formichetti, is Claude Montana — who, along with Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier, represented provocative Paris fashion in the eighties — readying his own re-entry into the world of fashion?
The 61-year-old "King of the Shoulder Pad," known for defining the power-dressing movement and for his razor-sharp tailoring, withdrew from the public eye after staging his last Paris catwalk show in 2002. He has been out of a job since his contract with the house he founded expired two years ago.
The company, now owned by businessman Jean-Jacques Layani, still has licenses for womenswear, menswear, and accessories, and Montana sold the rights to his name along with his company after filing for protection from creditors in 1997.
But Montana does want to design again, he tells WWD, even if he can't use his name: "I don’t have a phenomenal interest in what is happening, because everything is based so much on business imperatives, and the word 'business' makes me bristle, to be honest. Obviously, it would be marvelous to return, but something has to come up in a concrete and acceptable way."