You always know what to expect from Helmut Lang and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Actually, when it comes to Lang's signature slick, architecturally cut garments--it's almost always a good thing.
For Spring 2012, husband-and-wife design team Nicole and Michael Colovos, who've been at the helm of the label for five years, kept the theme going, with another urban-cool collection. Shown at pier 57 in an industrial warehouse that could certainly use a fresh coat of paint, the parade of monochrome looks only shone brighter set against cement floors and exposed pipes.
The show began with a number of black-and-white looks: Sharp-edged jackets with asymmetric collars which are classic Helmut, and clingy dresses--as comfy-looking as they were chic--that are just as synonymous with the brand.
When the first mega-watt yellow ensemble came out on the runway there was an audible gasp of pleasure from the audience. It was both unexpected and appropriate, fitting perfectly within the collection and the industrial setting, though the jolt of color was short-lived with only four yellow looks.
Again, staying true to their Helmut Lang roots, the Colovos definitely took some cues from athletic wear, which you can see namely in the asymmetrical bra tops that were woven throughout the collection, but also in the mesh and laced overlay tops and dresses. We're not sure we'll be wearing a bra top anytime soon but sign us up for everything else!
**All images: Imaxtree