Proust Travel Questionnaire: Nicola Formichetti and Sébastien Peigné, Mugler

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Nicola Formichetti is frequent stylist to Lady Gaga, among other things, and Sébastien Peigné spent ten years at Balenciaga. In Fall 2011, the two took over the Mugler brand. Avid travelers, they took our questionnaire while in Vancouver for a special exhibit of archive pieces at The Room at the Bay.

The in-flight film you hope for: (Nicola Formichetti) I’m kind of a Batman fan, so Batman. (Sébastien Peigné) I was sleeping 12 hours. If I wasn’t sleeping, Alice in Wonderland.

The last book you took on holiday: (NF) I read anything mystical, fantasy, I love spiritual books. I also have five, ten books, because I travel so much, they’re my only friends [he laughs]. (SP) Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore.

You tend to pack too many…: (NF) Socks. (SP) T-shirts.

Your idea of travel happiness: (NF) First Class. (SP) Exactly.

Your idea of travel misery: (SP) Sick on the plane. (NF) Not so friendly people. (SP) Crying babies for 12 hours. You want to die.

Your favorite quality in a hotel: (NF) Comfortable bed. I love a soft bed. [He stayed at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia] (SP) Chimney. There is a fake one at the hotel, there is a TV with a burning fire. I feel at home [he laughs].

What do you appreciate most in a travel partner? (NF) They need to be well-equipped with anything—medicines, magazines, cash. Because I’m not like that. I just take my sandals and go. (SP) Somebody funny with a good sense of direction.

What is your greatest extravagance while abroad? (NF) I love doing a synchronized massage, pedicure and manicure. All at once. (SP) I would say the same. When I travel I’m crazy about massage, manicure, pedicure. I can do, each day, the same massage.

What is your favorite journey to take? (SP) Road trip anywhere in the U.S.A. I love to travel in the U.S.A., to rent a car. I did this last summer all around Phoenix, Santa Fe, Tucson—12 days of crazy road trip. I was the only driver. At the end, I was like, ‘I need to quit that mustang, go back to New York and be off the road.’ (NF) I love going to South East Asia—Bali, Komodo Island. I love South America—Mexico, Brazil.

What is your greatest fear abroad? (NF) Mosquitoes! I am a magnet. All my friends will have nothing, and I’ll be covered. That could ruin your holiday. (SP) I have no fear. But when something happens, I’m like ‘F***, I should have been more scared.’

Which historical world traveler do you most identify with? (NF) My parents. My dad used to be a pilot and my mom was an air hostess, so they were very frequent travelers like me. They were super quick to pack and just go. (SP) Tintin.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in yourself? (NF) I can’t switch off my phone. I’m at work on the beach. My boyfriend’s like ‘Excuse me? Hello? We’re in the middle of nowhere in a hut and somehow you got an internet connection.’ (SP) That I didn’t think to put this or that in my suitcase. I also buy again and again the same stuff.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in others? (NF) There are so many. I don’t like traveling with too many people. I hate when people bring lots of things. I want to be the one to bring lots of things. (SP) Drama.

In what travel situations do you lie? (NF) When you’re Instagramming. When it’s raining, you never Instagram from your holiday. You just Instagram beautiful photos. I lie about my Instagram, but only on holidays. (SP) If I have a car crash, I would lie about what happened.

When and where were you last happiest? (NF) When I was in Bali in August. Ubud. (SP) When I was in New Mexico in August.

What is your most treasured take-along? (NF) I always bring my crystals with me. I also have a collection of more and more crystals everywhere I go. They disappear too. (SP) Nothing special. I have no treasures that I travel with.

What is your travel motto? (NF) When I’m traveling for work, travel comfortably. I always travel in black with comfortable clothes. (SP) Travel lightly. I always think I have to bring tons of books and tons of stuff, and I read one book and I wear the same kind of outfit.

Follow Mugler and Nicola online: @muglerlive and @formichetti.

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