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Nicola Formichetti: I should have ditched school

Nicola Formichetti: I should have ditched school

Nicola Formichetti would tell his 16-year-old self not to bother sticking with school.

The 38-year-old artistic director of Diesel grew up in Rome and Tokyo but always knew London, UK, was going to be the key to his success, so he moved to the city under the guise of attending an architecture school. In reality he spent much of his time there clubbing, and he now realises things would have been better if he'd had more courage.

"Don't finish high school - just move to London now," he told Britain's Elle magazine, when asked what advice he'd dish out to himself at 16.

That doesn't mean Nicola regrets his decisions, which led to great things. He rose to fame as Lady Gaga's stylist and completed a stint at Mugler before winning his current role, although things haven't always been easy. He has been sacked too many times to remember, with each time teaching him an important lesson.

"I don't know," he responded, when asked if he's a good boss. "I never get angry and I let everyone do what they want."

Wanting to do the best job possible is what drives the designer, although he takes time out for himself too. His idea of a brilliant evening is saying at home with his two dogs, and he also enjoys watching soppy movies when he's jetting around the world.

"(The last time I cried was) the last time I flew on an aeroplane watching a rom-com," he admitted. "Pretty much any rom-com will make me cry."

He also chatted about his habits, many of which are virtuous. The star begins each day with a yoga and meditation session and one of his vices is watching TV dramas before bed. There is another thing he isn't so proud to admit though - smoking is his worst habit, but he's trying to take it in hand.

"My hypnotherapist, who's helping me quit smoking," he said of the last person he texted.

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