Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shape lifter

And now, fashion news. Nicole and Michael Colovos as Helmut Lang 2.0 have based their first runway show (following the departure of HL six years ago) on sculpture. “We looked at a Richard Serra exhibit as a starting point.” And so the models hobbled (Alejandro Ingelmo wedges) down the runway swathed in sweeping angular shapes in black and white, the designers having flagged the rust brown colour that is a feature of Serra’s sculpture…. and the weight too of course. In keeping with the Serra theme though, the show was held in a cavernous industrial parking garage on New York’s Pier 57. Some critics complained about the look lacking "specificity“ and being too “nebulous.” Now that's something no one would dare say to contemporary sculpture's tough-guy Serra.