Cult of Personality: Helmut Lang, Vogue US January 1997
Grace Coddington, V22
Photography Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Grace Coddington, Creative Director American Vogue
What are you wearing? My hair and if you can see it, my Prada silk dressing gown
Portraits of women who inspire the trends. Tabitha Simmons, also one of our original “V Girls” would soon become our first fashion director.
V Best: Five Years of V Magazine by Norman Mailer, Edition 7L
"What I find modern is the balanced use of both traditional fabrics and new textiles," says Helmut Lang, whose balancing act for spring involves mixing cotton, wool, and leather with high-tech nylon, lacquered organza, and synthetics designed to reflect light. Equally important: the simple shapes that take on a sophisticated glamour, thanks to Lang’s futuristic fabrics. There are cigarette-thin pants, jackets cut as close as shirts, skinny shirts, fitted t-shirts and tank dresses. "It’s the idea of combining well-known quality with new surfaces that make them exciting," says the designer.
Looking Ahead, US Vogue, January 1995
Turning down a job offer from Balenciaga, Lang said, “It’s about America. It’s not about couture.”
Fashion’s New Establishment, US Vogue, July 1996
Gisele in Lang
Liya in Lang
Mixed Messages, Vogue US, September 1997
photography steven meisel make-up linda cantello
Hermès takes the classic cashmere V-neck to extremes, over Helmut Lang’s crisp white shirt. Sweater, about $1,215, Hermès. Shirt, about $165, Helmut Lang.
photography mario testino styling grace coddington