How the Colovoses were inspired to design 2 Helmut Lang PRINTS




Helmut Lang cropped stretch leather leggings.


Merlin Spie's "La petite musette, casquée (2002)", the inspiration behind the Helmut Lang Stain Print chiffon top


Helmut Lang cropped stretch leather leggings, zipper detail


Helmut Lang Inferno Print, seams draw the eye in


Helmut Lang Skull Print dress


Helmut Lang Skull Print dress

While you may have seen Helmut Lang designs on Beyonce or Blake Lively it's not often that we associate Helmut Lang with the word PRINT. Recently I had the privilege of spending about 20 minutes with Helmut Lang's designers Michael and Nicole Colovos to figure out what the inspiration was behind a few pieces in their collection.

In the first photo, Celia is wearing a red chiffon top inspired by Belgian performance artist Merlin Spie's "La petite musette, casquée (2002)" In that image above, the person is facing a wall and breathing with the assistance of special diving head gear; yet, she has a cigarette in her right hand. It all symbolizes the passing of time. Michael mentioned how images like this help him recognize his mortality and inspire him to live and embrace life to the fullest. The seams on the back bring the eye in and the nude colors help soften the profoundness of the variant hues of reds. It's instances like these, where you get to sit with the designers, that you are filled with a passion and reverence for their art.

You also see that Celia is wearing the cropped "strech leather leggings". The seams on these were designed to "bring the eye in" with their "sinewy" and "architectural" weaves. They have some really cool zippers in the back too right above the ankles. I imagine you could have some fun playing with those. Some models I've talked that were wearing Helmut Lang mentioned how comfortable the strech leather pants were, an express goal of the Coloveses when they designed them.

The Skull Print dress actually obtains it's initial inspiration from X-rays and pictures from various medical journals. The result is an abstract collage, fine tuned to add a special color element that breaks the color down. It's not black, it's not white, and it doesn't have strips of colors either. The textured shades of grey (or red in the Inferno Print) result in a distinctive mood that's enhanced by the softness of the fabric it's made out of. Instead of being straight down, there are gatherings of fabric around the waistline, draping the body in beautiful curves where curves are wanted. It's made out of 2 light layers, the inner layer holding the outer layer's gatherings in place.

I think I left the Helmut Lang studio on cloud 9 as my depth of appreciation for their labor of love was awakened. This is just the first in a 2 part series, so stay tuned for more!

43 comments :

Lorena said...

That stain print chiffon top is so lovely, looks weightless!

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MiA said...

The first picture is amazing!!! I really love it! the picture of the heels from behind is really good too.

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La fashionelle said...

What an inspiration! Loved both outfits! Especially those leather pants with the zipper detail! It's amazing how designers find ways to transform art into fashion!

SarahPeslar said...

amazing! The Helmut Lang Skull Print dress is a summer must!



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Embodying Fashion said...

Celia is an amazing model and i love both outfits too!

Anonymous said...

isn't that celia from antm??

LadyGrett said...

Looove the first outfit! I need the leather pants.

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Karoline said...

Love the dress! It's just fantastic!

OooKellyNicky said...

Wow, that chiffon print is stunning! And those sequins pumps... Ugh, delish.

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Gant Coat said...

Wonderful pictures! Love those heels

like a fox said...

stain print perfection. amazingggggg.

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Coco and Zaahb said...

I love the skull print dress and the idea behind it



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Anonymous said...

I like to read where other people/designer find their inspiration. Very interesting post! I'm waiting for part two. ^^
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gih said...

That's a stain. That's a design of its shirt. :-)

kayang said...

OMG her shoes in the first photos!!!

The Photodiarist said...

Is that Celia from America's Next Top Model?

Beautiful series, Craig. As someone who admired the real Helmut Lang, it's taken me a while to get used to the idea that he is not designing his own label anymore. But I am finally over that. I am really enjoying the collections that this husband and wife team have put out over the past couple of years.

ColorHater said...

Great prints :)

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Chelsea said...

These look great Craig!

FlashFash said...

Ah, the top and the shoes are sooo prettyyy!

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Hal E. Liebling said...

GOD those sequined shoes are so incredible, and I love the HL leggings. HL has been impressing the shit out of me lately.

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karina said...

I love the first picture too

Unknown said...

@ThePhotodiarist--yep, that'd be her. Glad u like the series.

@Chelsea--Thanks!

Margin and Column said...

Celia <3

simplychic said...

those leggings are divine!

dodz said...

nice shirt so abstract. i like it

svartsjarm said...

I also love Celia. Such a womanly shape and exquisite face.

Sheray said...

Simply Gorgeous.
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stylespotterfashionblogger said...

Helmut l;ang printsa are great! I love the red t-shirt! WOW!
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Anonymous said...

beautiful! love it!

Emily said...

fantastic! both pieces are so so stunning, and i find it fascinating to learn about designers' sources of inspiration. i can't wait for part 2!

xx

emma said...

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Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me who makes the gray strappy wedge-heel shoes?

Ambika said...

sequin shoes are so fun! i love love love it!

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Frances Davison said...

incredible! x

the secret of fashion said...

she's from ANTM! haha here in Holland the season is just began, was she the winner or something? xx

LRB said...

Such beautiful contrasts in each photo!

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agnes said...

magnifique....les photos sont sublimes

Anonymous said...

oh la la love this dress

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Christine said...

Yes, that is totally Celia from ANTM! I love seeing what the girls are up to after the show :) I'm glad to see she's still modeling!

The outfits and are rockin' as well!

Anonymous said...

Aren't it the model from ANTM? Looks like her...

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