Nicole and Michael Colovos, creative directors at Helmut Lang, were inspired by spiders tripping balls. No joke. The duo studied the nuances in silk webs spun by arachnids high on LSD, marijuana, and caffeine.
After much deliberation the two settled on the patterns spun by spiders under the influence of caffeine, and delivered an incredible–not to mention incredibly wearable-pre-fall collection that introduced new draping techniques, and played with various levels and interpretations of transparency in knits, sheath dresses, and asymmetrical ruched skirts.
I was especially impressed with all the new outerwear. Those amazing blazers, parkas, and leather jackets in grey putty, olives, and ink-blacks were at once effortless and captivating to the eye. Some tied at the waist and wrapped like kimonos with over-sized lapels almost drooping past the elbows.
Tapping into the house’s DNA, Nicole and Michael are also creating a t-shirt line of the brand’s top-sellers, named “Helmut.” The collection will be priced from $90 to $175 and will include jersey basics like tops, dresses, and leggings.
Taking into account the overwhelming success of Alexander Wang’s “T” collection, you can expect more and more contemporary designers creating similar collections of quality wardrobe basics at approachable price points.