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.
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20 Responses to Chiffon and Leather: Helmut Lang and Mango

  1. This is a lovely combination because of the layers and mix of textures…even though you’re wearing all black. I have a newfound obsession with all things Mango and can’t seem to get enough! 🙂

  2. Kimberlee 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!

  3. Michi Rezin of Delphina Luxe says:

    Absolutely love the all black. 😉

  4. fashionasliterature says:

    Pulling off the all black look is definitely a New York requisite. Love the use of textures to add interest. You look gorgeous, as always.

  5. lestyliste says:

    totally love the outfit

  6. Love your look!!! Very Urban Chic … the dress looks amazing ….and the Helmut Lang leather jacket of course, but that is no surprise 🙂


  7. Meenakshi 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.

  8. Wow! …I love the combination of textures and materials. well done!

  9. olga says:

    Wow, you look stunning and glamorous in chiffon and leather!

  10. Cee 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!

  11. Josephina says:

    Love, love, love the jacket(and the whole outfit)!


  12. What a stunning look, you put Ms. Moss to serious shame lady! Hope you had a lovely time in Austin, I love keeping up with all of your fabulous travels.

  13. I am a big fan of Helmut Lang too! It is top of my wish list for AW to buy one of their blazers. Investment pieces worth every penny.

    Adela xx

  14. 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.

  15. 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.


  16. Dempeaux says:

    Oh this is gorgeous! Your waist looks so tiny in that dress, and the jacket hangs perfectly over it. You’ll get a lot of wear out of both! 🙂

  17. I NEED that jacket! Just gorgeous!

  18. Eva says:

    sweety I have this dress too…I still have not worn it…do you think I could wear it on black tie even with right accessories? Eva

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