Dashing designer Nicole Richie joined friends in LA for the opening of the Pressed Juicery decked out in a white and black ensemble. She styled her Helmut Lang T with a high-low skirt, suede Christian Louboutin booties, and a leather Helmut Lang Jacket. Nicole's statement House of Harlow accessories — chevron-style necklace and stud clutch — added a punk-chic vibe to her neutral basics. Embellished adornments are a perfect way to punch up any outfit, so snag Nicole's exact necklace and clutch here.
>> Helmut Lang's signature draped dresses and leather jackets are for Pre-Fall 2012 interspliced with webby prints and burnouts — derived from the web patterns of spiders on drugs. With this collection, designers Nicole and Michael Colovos are also launching a t-shirt line of their greatest hits, dubbed Helmut, which will retail from $90 to $175 and include jersey basics like tops, dresses, and leggings.
Kristin Cavallari layered up while juggling pumpkins at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in LA. Kristin donned a draped Helmut Lang blouse, J Brand skinnies, and a cozy Funktional wrap sweater. Her suede Jimmy Choo booties and leather Z Spoke by Zac Posen bag were the perfect finishing touches to her Fall ensemble. Shop it all now.
Only Diane Kruger can make badass textured separates uber chic. Diane looks vogue on the red carpet at the Paris debut of her movie Special Forces in a tweed Chanel suit and leather Helmut Lang pants. She upped the cool factor with Alexander McQueen buckle boots and no-fuss waves. Shop like items to re-create this head-turning look.
Nicole Richie looked extra glam while supporting breast cancer research at QVC's Shoes on Sale event at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. Nicole styled her asymmetrical Helmut Lang frock with a pair of kick-ass House of Harlow leopard booties, a snakeskin House of Harlow clutch, and lighter locks wrapped into a bun. We chose a brick red suede jacket and dark-hued cuff to complement her stunning look.
>> Yesterday was a big show day, with the likes of Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Altuzarra, and Helmut Lang traipsing out their new Spring 2012 collections. Get a second, behind-the-scenes look at those collections — complete with snaps of Hanne Gaby Odiele, Britt Maren, and Mirte Maas goofing off at Wang; Siri Tollerod playing a little air guitar on the iPad at Altuzarra; and Frida Gustavsson showing off the train on her Gurung finale dress — in the slideshow.
Photo: Greg Kessler
Helmut Lang designers Nicole and Michael Colovos debuted a slick collection for Spring 2012 highlighting bold cuts and a strong, simple color palette. Staying true to their minimal aesthetic, the line was the epitome of downtown cool with pieces like cropped silk pants, bright yellow asymmetric dresses, and covetable tailored blazers. Zoom in and you can see sleek details like shorts cut high on the sides, cording on tops, and slinky straps all punctuating the modern theme. The brand's handbag collection, which launched about a year ago, also made an appearance on the runway with its signature pod-shaped silhouette in a new range of colors along with colorblocked satchels and totes. More details below.
>> Helmut Lang hit the Fashion Week runway Saturday for the first time in over five years — and for the first time since husband-and-wife team Michael and Nicole Colovos have been at the helm. Presented in the raw-industrial vastness of Pier 57 on a towering multi-lane runway — there wasn't a bad seat in the house — models marched in tandem to thundering doom-metal guitar strains. It was a dramatic re-entrance indeed, one that was amplified by a stark palette of solid black, white, and yellow — and the architectural mega-platforms designed by Alejandro Ingelmo for the occassion. But it wasn't all about hardness and edge; there was an undulating softness at play here as well, one that was inspired by artist Richard Serra and turned up in the form of sheer fabrics, asymmetrical drapes, and a sunny brush-stroke print. “We were playing with a lot of contrasts,” explained Nicole Colovos.
Kate Winslet rocked a neutral-hued ensemble at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Kate donned a form-fitting black mini, a beige Helmut Lang blazer, and two-tone Michael Kors sandals. She accessorized with gold bar drop earrings and a simple bangle both by House of Lavande. We completed her film festival style with an embellished suede clutch. Shop here to get Kate's exact shoes with other like items.
>> Helmut Lang seems pretty set about not coming back to fashion — he recently shredded the remains of his archives for an art exhibition — but that doesn't mean he isn't still being pursued. Apparently, after Jean Paul Gaultier decided to leave Hermes in May 2010, Lang was the firm favorite to replace Gaultier as Hermes creative director, W reports. But: When Hermes courted Lang, he refused — he wanted to continue his newfound career as an artist instead of returning to fashion — and the job instead went to Christophe Lemaire.
While Hermes womenswear contributes less than 10 percent of the brand's annual turnover, it does have a symbolic significance in the media and how the brand is viewed. And speaking of views, another Hermes family member has spoken out about Bernard Arnault and the threat of an LVMH takeover. Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the company's group artistic director, tells W: “Hermes has grown out of a family culture with a set of values that we all believe in. I am convinced it would disappear if the family dimension was taken away or diluted. You know, there have been a lot of very good, small restaurants in Paris that have been bought by big chains over the years, usually in the name of better management. But somehow their clients have stopped going, because they have lost their souls ... This whole situation has been an incentive to work even harder. I have told everybody, ‘Listen, guys — it’s time to be more Hermes than ever.’”