Styles from the 1990s have come back with a vengeance in the past few years, so it’s no surprise that Helmut Lang’s influence (he was the most important designer of that decade in my opinion) is now everywhere.
The absolute zenith of my previous career was the six years I cast for Helmut. When he retired from fashion in 2005, my inspiration retired with him; I stopped casting full-time soon after. In a recent W article by Alix Browne (it’s a must-read), she talks about Helmut’s rise, departure, and the state of the brand over the last decade. After attempting to make the line more accessible, the Helmut Lang label is now helmed by Isabella Burley, the editor in chief of British indie magazine, Dazed. Along with a main collection, which is designed by an in-house team, Ms. Burley has hired guest designers to do capsule collections. However, I am anxiously awaiting the Helmut Lang Re-Editions launch this fall of pieces recreated from the archives.
My list is long.
Long wool blazer
Jamie panelled silk dress
Lila hooded checked wool-blend duffle coat
Sinclair sucked silk-crepe blouse
Collins draped silk skirt
Point-toe navy suede and leather chelsea boots
Doris cotton-gabardine trench coat
55 leather knee boots
Color-block ribbed merino wool turtleneck sweater
Nirvy studded leather sandals
Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat
Scare Crow suede ankle boots