Chiffon and Leather: Helmut Lang and Mango

Greetings from Manhattan, Blog Reader!  I’m back in New York City after a wonderful vacation in Texas and a lot of fun with friends old and new.  In Austin I had the chance to work with Red Rogue Studio, I met the amazing photographer William Williams (he recently shot a fabulous campaign for Uniform Union by LoyandFord which you can see here) and I caught up with Ashley of Teddies for Bettys, a favourite lingerie boutique of mine.

Back in NYC, I’m leaving behind the denim shorts and cropped tees I wore in Austin and returning to a downtown vibe with black chiffon and leather.

Photos: The wonderfully talented Lydia Hudgens.

There are a few labels that really set my heart racing.  Some of them I am sure you could guess, Blog Reader: I covet Preen for Thornton and Bregazzi’s sophistication and their wonderfully modern and feminine silhouettes. I adore Rodarte for romance.  With Helmut Lang I crave their cool, urban vibe.  There is a great consistency in the collections of Helmut Lang, something I admire.  In pre-fall this year, the sharp shouldered jackets got my attention and I decided to invest in a leather style (well, part present, part gift to self) that I knew I would wear for years. The jacket works really well with dresses as well as trousers and that was my one requirement for such a piece.  I adore the snug fit and the asymmetric, draped style – a Lang signature.

This 70s style black maxi dress was part of Mango‘s summer collection for 2012, the editorial for which featured Kate Moss, shot by Terry Richardson.  I really liked the summer collection, a mix of sharp tailoring, sports-inspired separates and voluminous dresses.   Going back to this collection today reminded me yet again how simple and chic monochrome can be.  I’m working on the all white look next, with the shot of Kate, below left, as my inspiration:

Images of Kate Moss from the Mango Blog.

Watch this space, Blog Reader, watch this space!

Thanks to all who kept up with my adventures in Texas! Normal blogging service resumes.  Tell me, Blog Reader, which pieces have you invested in, that have truly stood up to the test of time?

Wearing: Dress from Mango; jacket, Helmut Lang; clutch, ASOS (they have a great selection). Belt, COS.


  1. says

    Someone has been hanging out in SoHo! Very downtown chic ;)

    YEY! Now that you’re back in NYC we’ll have to grab that coffee we’ve been talking about for months!

  2. says

    I love how you mix high-stree and high-end; and I adore the edgy leather with the feminine chiffon. But then, you rock almost every look! Glad to see you posting from NYC again.

  3. says

    Welcome back, Sarah! You are looking every bit like a beautiful Manhattanite in this ensemble, and I must admit, I am absolutely swooning over your Helmut Lang jacket. Somehow his designs have always flown under my radar – I think perhaps the cool vibe of the collections overwhelms me, since I naturally gravititate towards more feminine styles, so I miss the beautiful pieces that could easily fit into my wardrobe. Luckily, I have you :) I can’t wait to read more about your Austin adventures, and to see the all white ensemble that’s upcoming! I adore all white, but have a problem with spills, so I have to live vicariously through others ;) Sending a longer message your way soon!

  4. says

    Welcome back Sarah! Love the mix of texture of this look and the overall urban chic effect. The Helmut Lang jacket is simply beautiful and you made a great choice in investing on it! I tend to invest in accessories: like my collection of Roger Vivier shoes, and some timeless bags like Bottega Veneta and YSL pieces.

  5. says

    When does it stop getting better?

    This silhouette is unstoppable yet it’s not what makes this so lovely. I love the play on texture in this monochromatic business and they compliment your porcelain skin flawlessy.

    Take notes, World. Less is more.



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