Designer Dossier: Helmut Lang

Partners in design and life, Helmut Lang's Nicole and Michael Colovos inspire a new generation of devotees.

nicole and michael colovos
Partners in design and life, Helmut Lang's Nicole and Michael Colovos inspire a new generation of devotees.
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nicole and michael colovos
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Lang Love

Helmut Lang's departure from his namesake label in 2005 was, in a word, devastating. His razor-sharp tailored jackets and clingy tees were a minimalist's security blanket. So when Michael and Nicole Colovos relaunched the label in 2006, they knew to handle it with care. "We were huge fans of Helmut Lang," Michael says, "but we don't rely on his past work. Looking backward feels counterintuitive to what the brand stands for."Which is to say, the future. For spring, the pair enlisted tattoo artist Thomas Hooper to create abstract prints inspired by marine biology. A close look at the resulting colorful jacquards — a first for the house — and you'll discover a very obvious sea change.

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shoe
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Lang Love
Shoes $470. All items, Helmut Lang; helmutlang.com.
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pants
Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
Lang Love
Pants $360.
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model
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Lang Love

"We have a very similar aesthetic but from different viewpoints. I'm really into the construction of a design while she's more concerned about what it looks like on her body. Putting those two elements together is what makes us work so well together." — Michael Colovos

Resort 2013

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jacket
Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
Lang Love
Jacket $795.
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dress
Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
Lang Love
Dress $815.
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crab
Dr. Arthur Anker
Lang Love

"The color palette and the idea for high-tech fabrics — like something that looks wet, glossy, or sort of transparent — came from these incredible photos of crustaceans by Dr. Arthur Anker." — Nicole Colovos

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jacket
Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
Lang Love
Jacket $1,125.
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shorts
Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
Lang Love
Shorts $495.
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shoes
Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
Lang Love
Shoes $415.
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