Monday, November 06, 2006

"Helmut Lang" - Coming to Stores Near You

That's right, in quotation marks, because I will not view it any other way. I am a long term admirer of Helmut's work, and the fact that it is becoming a jeans'n'tshirts line under Link-Theory is just heart-breaking. You can read the latest article on the demise of the label in The New York Times. I highly doubt that a Lang customer, who admired not only Lang's clothes, but his vision, his minimalist-with-a-quirk philosophy that made his clothes intelligent and intriguing, will come back for this. Will they find a new clientele? Maybe. Oh, and no disrespect to Mr. Calvos of Habitual, but saying that Helmut made the decision to leave when he sold his company is a lie. Helmut made a decision to leave when the Devil started interfering with his creative process. They might have as well fired him. Oh, and it would do Mr. Calvos good to learn the difference between the terms Modernity and Modernism.

I absolutely disagree with Mr. Wilson. Helmut's last collection's that featured bondage details were one of his best. What killed Helmut is dilution of the brand under the "auspices" of the Prada Group management.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read that article too. its so upsetting to think about the helmut lang brand consisting of cheap materials &(presumably) poor design concepts. even worse is thinking about it being sold next to theory and other foul clothing of that nature. i can only imagine how he must feel. poorr helmut. you will be sorely missed!

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This repositioning on the HL brand doesn't make sense on every single level. Past HL clientele would frown upon it, while price-conscious buyers of "contemporary" labels like theory itself would find the prices unjustifiably and unreasonably high. Prada's acquisition of HL was a theoretically sound decision marred by a long sequence of poor execution; Theory's purchase of HL, on the other hand, is stupid from the very start.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Colovos.... the Habitual guy's name....

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^.... means someone "who had his tail cut off"... in Greek....

1:34 AM  
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