Imagine skimming the pages of the February 2003 issue of Vogue Paris and spying Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld winking at you from behind a pirate's eye patch.... Vlad appears in the issue as part of a black-and-white spread titled "Gang Lang." Styled by Olivier Lalanne and shot by Antony Ward, the editorial focuses on Helmut Lang's Spring/Summer 2003 collection along with an interview by the designer.
I am intrigued by the choice of models for "Gang Lang." The lineup begins with Claire Dhelens, an editor for Vogue Paris. Next is model Natalie followed by Peter Kruder, the DJ for Helmut Lang's shows during this period. Beside him is Jerry Gorovoy, assistant to the artist Louise Bourgeois. Turning the page we see artist Jenny Holzer, model Amanda Moore, student Vladimir Restoin (he was 18 years old at the time) and models Jake Boyle and Stella Tennant. Posed on the page opposite them are model Anne V., ex-model Cordula, and her son and student, Ben.
My favorite passage from the interview: "A la sortie de son dernier défilé présenté à Paris, une journaliste notait qu'une femme qui porte du Helmut Lang a l'air intelligente. «J'essaie de ne pas leur donner l'air stupides» commente Helmut Lang," or in English, "At the end of his last show presented in Paris, a journalist noted that a woman who wears Helmut Lang has an intelligent air. 'I try not to give them a stupid air,' said Helmut Lang."
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Vogue Paris editorial images © 2003 Condé Nast.