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Helmut Lang Q&A

October 4, 2013

Q&A with Helmut Lang creative directors, Nicole & Michael Colovos. Interview taken from Helmut Lang Journal.

Tell us about the Helmut Lang Spring 2014 Collection

We wanted to do a minimal, stripped down collection that is crisp and pure. The prints are inspired by the works of contemporary artist, Wade Guyton, who is known for his linear work and graphic approach to art. Working with sharp, clean lines, the collection is effortless and slouchy. We continued to play with proportions, sharp on top and slouchy on the bottom creating a cool tomboy effect. The clothes hang perfectly away from the body while being straight and unstructured.

This season we bonded wool and leather in jersey, for an easy yet tailored look. We’ve re-interpreted the t-shirt in tightly constructed chintz cotton, as well as a leather version to elevate the classic basic.

For accessories, we launched a new line of multifunctional handbags in a range of bonded and perforated leather to textural skins that compliment the luxe and ease of the new collection. Stringray wraps around clutches and the perfect flat-slide sandal. Shoes range from tough heels to a menswear inspired slip-on loafer.

How do you stay inspired season after season?

We try to keep our eyes open. Everything we do is intuitive and about staying in touch with our surroundings. As our culture shifts, something old can all of a sudden feel new again. It’s important to stay relevant and in tune with how people live today. 

What is your favorite piece from the collection?

Nicole: The matte jersey dress with slits on the side and bonded wool jersey pants. I also love the perforated slide meets loafer and two-strap sandal.

Michael: The bonded wool and leather jersey pieces that look both tailored and unstructured. 

When fashion week is over the first thing you do is _______.

Spend the weekend with our family and go back to work.

You guys spend a lot of time on fabric development; tell us something we normally wouldn’t catch about the clothes on first glance.

Our approach is to take classic fabrications and re-imagine them in a modern way. For Spring 2014, we were attracted to chintz linen and sheer silk organza to give our collection that luxe, crisp and pure feeling. All of the color in the collection was lined in white to mute the brightness and create a subtle glow.

When you try on the collection there is an immediate sense of ease and wear-ability to the clothes. Nothing is too tricky, but still feels luxurious which is perfect for the summertime. 

Music is very much part of the brand’s DNA. What tunes were you listening to while you were designing this collection?

Michael: I was really into two soundtracks: The Proposition and The Assassination of Jesse James both by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

You never leave the house without ________.

Nicole: A Helmut Lang black suit jacket, my iPhone, and iPad.

Michael: My clothes and music.

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What I want for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2013

Since countless commercials, ads, and websites have taken the liberty of telling dudes what to get their ladies for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d just put out there what I want for Valentine’s Day. 

Don’t waste your money on the open-heart diamond collection from Kay Jewelers. Every kiss begins with A K. All right, all right- I’m done. I’ll just cut to the chase.

Let’s tackle this give-her-lingerie thing. You’re really cute and all, but I’d rather get something fun that I can wear under blouses and sweaters and not just for you. Helmut Lang has these adorable asymmetrical bras that add something extra to an outfit without screaming, “HEY LOOK AT MY BRA!” Plus I bet they’re just as fun to take off. 

Let’s go on vacation. Before you roll your eyes, I realize that asking for a vacation for Valentine’s Day is a little much. I’m not going to sit here like a princess expecting you to pay for an entire trip, but getting me something that lets me know that you want to travel with me is incredibly sweet. Cynthia Vincent’s entire resort collection screams beach, waves, and sand so when I pull that caftan out of the box, first I’ll kiss and thank you, but then I’ll ask you to pass me my laptop, we’re planning a trip.

Please don’t buy me some crazy diamond tennis bracelet that cost you multiple trips to the sperm bank as a donor. If you are going to get me jewelry, why not make it something a little less extravagant, but just as pretty? Marc by Marc Jacobs has some classic pieces, like their Katie Link bracelet, that I can pair with a variety of jewelry I already own.

Lastly, flowers die. They’re pretty, but they die. I mean, you can still get me flowers and I’ll like them, but they will die. Instead, try something creative and get me “flowers” but in a different way. rag & bone has a variety of spring pieces featuring bold florals. How fun would it be to get a bouquet of floral-printed pieces?! Pretty damn fun. 

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Fashion Week Coverage: Helmut Lang SS13

September 13, 2012

Dominant for this show: neutrals, color-blocking, and a whole new color palette for the HL woman. Some might say that a little bit of the edginess that Lang is known for was not apparent at the show, but I think what is trying to be conveyed is that you can still overlay a pop color along with metallics or with a daring silhouette that would normally be reserved for black. Bravo!

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Shows, shows, and more…

February 16, 2012

Wow…cannot wait for this collection to hit our door this coming fall season. Fur, leather, neutrals, and as usual some of the most interesting cuts in the industry! It’s really cool to see a designer accomplish minimalism in a way that can be worn with ease and is inviting to the consumer!

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