Thursday, 26 April 2012

Helmut Lang x Frieze Art Fair NYC & HELMUT Diffusion Line

Helmut Lang: Sculptures - 2012

After bidding farewell to fashion in 2005 following the Prada Group's acquisition of his namesake label, Helmut Lang left behind an industry full of imitators who drew inspiration from his exploration of fashion with a minimalist aesthetic, which experimented with high-tech and edgy fabrics.
Lang himself continued to explore, but in a different direction, taking up art and most notably sculpture in his retirement, staging his first ever solo exhibition in 2011, which featured 12 large stalactite shapes made from shredding, burning and repurposing over 6,000 pieces of clothing from his leftover fashion archive (and there you were thinking most designers-turned-something-else just have a warehouse sale?!). Luckily the more iconic pieces from his archives went to museums worldwide to be displayed first.

Helmut Lang: Make It Hard - 2011

The exhibition, entitled, "Make It Hard", represented 25 years of fashion and "the transience of our creative endeavors" (Neville Lang, Creative Director for Lang's show), and featured an eclectic range of materials including hair, fur, leather, feathers, plastic and metal.

Now, for 2012, Lang is set to host his next exhibition, entitled "Helmut Lang: Sculptures", which is set to take place during the Frieze Art Fair in New York next month. 
Curated by Mark Fletcher and Neville Wakefield, the new display will feature 20 new works in white or black monochromatic colour schemes with materials like rubber, plaster, sheepskin, tar and foam. The pieces will be stacked objects in a vertical totem-like structure as “softened edges record both the process of erosion and their progression from industrial object to gallery artifact,” (so says the press release). 
The theme is 'destruction and progression', and it all takes place at 24 Washington Square North, in the big apple, from May 5 through to June 15.  
I want to go....

Images © Helmut Lang

Meanwhile, in other Helmut Lang news, this time fashion, next month also sees the launch of 'Helmut' the new RTW diffusion line from the label - a collection of separates in black, white and grey cotton jersey, with the usual asymmetrical hemlines and cowl necklines across tanks, loose-fitting cardis and floaty maxi skirts, and there are some pretty cool drop-crotch trousers too (or pants, as they say here in America-land).
You can pre-order some pieces from Saks Fifth Avenue now HERE, or just wait till the range pops up on Net-A-Porter, or in your local store. I say local, if you live in L.A., London or Tokyo.


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