Helmut Lang and Modernity


Helmut Lang x Robert Mapplethorpe


I throw around terms like “minimalism” and “draping” pretty often on this blog so I am going to try to describe the work of Helmut Lang without falling back on either. Though the brand is now known for their contemporary basics in the 90′s Helmut Lang was on the fore front of luxe work wear for creative types. At it’s peak (late 80′s-early 90′s) Helmut Lang was compared to Comme des Garcons for it’s deconstructive style. Though creative control is no longer in the hands of the actual (person) Helmut Lang, the current creative directors try to uphold the brand’s tradition of sharp lines and intellectual design albeit in a more commercial form.


Helmut Lang x Jenny Holzer x Marc Atlan


Vintage Helmut Lang




Modern day Helmut Lang








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A few years ago I could not stand looking at pearl anything because it all just seemed so dated and now I am obsessively saving up for a set of double pearl earrings. I blame the perfect minimalism of Raf Simons Dior.

Images from Refinery, Dior, Decade Diary, and Satomi

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Last month the blog “Design Boom” posted an article about an ongoing exhibit in Tokyo displaying works by the famous photographer Irving Penn made in collaboration with the Japanese designer Issey Miyake. The “cross-cultural collaboration”  titled  ‘Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue’ features photographs of the designers collections as interpreted by the great photographer that span 13 years (1987 – 1999). As a fan of both creative geniuses I am excited to share some of my favorite images with you here:

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