Helmut Lang makes a fashionable YSL guest appearance

Written by Adam Bryce

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Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello invites his idol, Helmut Lang, back to fashion to create a series of travelling sculptures.

In the mid-90s, there was no-one more influential than Helmut Lang, his influence still ever-present in the way fashion is created today. The Austrian designer served up wearable fashion and a timeless sense of anti-fashion style.

Lang’s love for art saw him collaborate with the likes of Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer, a concept that is widely employed by current-day fashion houses. Kim Jones, Raf Simons and Virgil Abloh all cite Lang as an inspiration in the way they incorporate art in their works.

It’s been 15 long years since Lang hung up his black leather boots to embark on a new creative chapter. A move from Vienna to New York, saw Lang turn his hand to art and he hasn’t failed to deliver, proving he’s a master of multiple mediums. The magnitude of his new-career success, undeniably well-deserved.

Fellow Belgian nation and creative director of Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello, was hugely influenced by Lang in his formative years and, to coincide with the opening of their new iconic address (Colette’s old stomping ground), Lang was commissioned to create sculptures to be presented as an in-store exhibition. Now in-situ, the works are a mix of shredded Saint Laurent deadstock fabric and resin, molded into 15 floor-to-ceiling sculptures.

They’ll travel from Paris to Los Angeles and could end up at your place as, after their American showing, they’ll be available for purchase.


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