The Helmut Lang Autumn/Winter 2014 show at New York Fashion Week this month delivered as expected, featuring monochrome outfits in dark colors, as well as showcasing styles in cherry reds and with abstract patterns.
Created by Austrian designer Helmut Lang in 1986, the Helmut Lang brand exists today under the ownership of Japan’s Link Theory — known for its monochromatic, minimalist designs, typically drawing inspiration from a palette of white, black and brown — after its acquisition by Prada.
A standout piece in the 2014 collection included an oversized black mohair sweater coat paired with a knee-length black and white patterned skirt and black leather ankle boots. The mixture of contrasting textures adds edginess to the ensemble without taking away from its casual nature.
The key piece to this outfit is the furry overcoat. While not identical, H&M offers an alternative with its “Faux Fur Jacket” ($79.95). In terms of design, it is smaller than the Helmut Lang piece, though a similar aesthetic can be achieved through texture.
The black and white skirt is a key pairing with the furry coat, as its pattern complements the coat’s texture and keeps the look from being weighed down. ASOS offers a similar item with its “Mango Smudge Check Shift Dress” ($71.67). The dress features a black and white patterned front with a solid black back and the movement of the material adds extra lightness to the original Helmut Lang design.
Finish off the outfit with a pair of pointy black leather ankle boots.Aldo sells a pair in their “Muslone” style with zipper detail ($140). Though more expensive than other options, the quality of a good leather boot is well worth the price. The leather adds more texture to the monochrome outfit and completes its color scheme.
Combined with the ASOS dress and H&M jacket, the outfit will be a trendy and sleek homage to Helmut Lang without the monetary sacrifice.
Sam Del Rowe is a staff writer. Email him at email@example.com