If you were expecting a dark, rock 'n' roll tinged collection from Nicole and Michael Colovos for Spring 2013, then you may be out of luck. This season, the duo drew inspiration from the aquatic drawings of Ernst Haeckel, and the result was a decidedly softer take on classic sportswear. In a palette of marigold, taupe, white, crimson, and watery blue, the Colovos offered up boxy jackets, slim skirts, and loose-fitting shifts. The real winners, though, were the prints; in radial florals and mirrored sea anemones, they gave a welcome boost of lushness to the abundance of high-tech fabrics and sporty silhouettes.
For Spring '13, Helmut Lang strayed away from its usual minimalistic edge and instead experimented with graphic prints and jolts of color. Taking on a sporty tone, designers Nicole and Michael Colovos showcased colorblocked dresses, airy trousers, boxy jackets, and sexily sheer details in bright pops of orange, blue, and red. It was decidedly punchier than what we're used to seeing from the designers, but there were still some edgy, colorblocked blazers and architectural angles — updated in shiny finishes — for those in search of their subversive Helmut Lang fix.
- Trends: Sporty, sheer details, and colorblocking.
- Colors: White, blue, orange, white, gray, red, and black.
- Key Piece: The stunning blue, floral-printed jacket paired with the black, sheer inset dress.
- Accessories: Subversive leather sandals.
- Who Should Wear It: Statement-makers like Rihanna and Hanneli Mustaparta.