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Helmut Lang ( Born . March 10, 1956, Vienna) is an Austrian artist who lives and works in New York and on Long Island.

When he was five months old Lang's parents divorced and sent him to live with his maternal grandparents in Ramsau am Dachstein in the Austrian Alps. When he was ten his father remarried and brought Lang back to Vienna to live with him and his wife. Lang moved out of his father's house at the age of eighteen, and began to teach himself clothing design. A few years later he opened a made-to-measure shop in Vienna.

In 1984 he closed the shop and two years later showed his first runway collection in Paris at Centre Georges Pompidou. In 1997 he moved to New York.

Lang used unconventional materials such as rubber, feathers and metallic fabrics and redefined the silhouette of the 1990s and early 2000s. He broke away from the runway show-as-spectacle in the height of the 1980s opulence and was the first to ever stream his collection online. As one of the most important designers of our times, his work left an undeniable imprint on contemporary culture and his influence continues to reverberate among the fashion community today.

Lang’s seamless relationship with art has included collaborations with artists Jenny Holzer and Louise Bourgeois. His recent works explore abstract sculptural forms and physical arrangements and space beyond the limitations of the human body. Lang had his first solo art exhibition ALLES GLEICH SCHWER at the Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover in 2008.

Lang has published excerpts from his ongoing art projects Long Island Diaries and The Selective Memory Series in a number of publications, such as BUTT Magazine , Fannzine 137, Visionaire and most recently The Travel Almanac.

In 1999, Lang sold a 51% stake in his company to the Prada Group, with Prada running distribution and manufacturing and Lang controlling design and advertising. Afterwards, Prada developed a line of Helmut Lang accessories such as shoes, belts and bags, and opened Helmut Lang stores in Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2005 he retired from fashion.
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Introducing…Gretchen Jones (13-02-2013) 

The Label: Gretchen Jones
Based In: Brooklyn, New York
Designed By: Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, who launched her namesake line in 2011. "Fashion chose me, really," the self-taught Colorado native told TFI when asked what originally drew her to the medium. "From the time I was old enough to dress myself, I did! I've always connected to dressing as the most relevant way of self-expression. The art of putting a look together felt as good to me as clay to a sculptor." As for the origin of the collection itself? "The idea behind my label was to create a brand that filled an aesthetic void in the market," said the designer. "I aim to marry vintage bohemian romanticism with modern urban minimalism."

Gretchen Jones Introducing.1 on the Fashion Informer:graphic by K Sarna

Looks Like: One part hippie, one part hipster quirk with a dash of sophistication. Each season, Jones chooses a piece of music and work of literature as the focal points of the collection. Spring 2013 pays homage to Joan Baez's Bob Dylan tribute album, Any Day Now, and Joan Didion's essay, "Where the Kissing Never Stops" from the book Slouching Towards Bethlehem. The resulting graphic print dresses, asymmetric floral tops, shiny shorts suits and floaty maxi skirts nod to her muses' SoCal Seventies roots while still feeling very much in keeping with the way today's fashion-forward free spirits like to dress.
Sold At: The Gretchen Jones collection sells for $200 - $700 at Bird, Condor, Myrtle and online at Gretchen Jones.

Gretchen Jones Introducing.2 on The Fashion Informer:graphic by K Sarna
Gretchen Jones Introducing.3 on The Fashion Informer:graphic by K Sarna

graphic design by K Sarna / Ehow

New Years Honours: Fashion designer Stella McCartney made an OBE (30-12-2012) 

Fashion designer STELLA McCARTNEY has been made an OBE in the NEW YEARS HONOURS, in the same year she designed the kit for Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes.

The daughter of Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Linda graduated from Central Saint Martins College in 1995.
Her final show as a student saw her designs modelled by famoust friends including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to a soundtrack which included a new song written in her honour by her father.
Two years late, she was appointed creative director of French fashion houes Chloe - a move widely derided at the time, but she proved a runaway success and soon left to launch her own label.
A life long vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her collections include women" s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and kids.
Since setting up her own label, she has built up her business and now runs more than 20 stores around the world selling her designs to some 100 countries and has teamed up with brands including Adidas and H&M.
Earlier this year, she was named Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards - in part for her work designing the kit worn by Team GB and the nation's Paralympians