STYLE GURU STYLE: Knitty Gritty

The first time I ever heard of Helmut Lang was in 2013 (embarrassing, I know) in the A$AP Rocky song “Fashion Killa.” A$AP makes countless references to style and fashion on this track, rhyming designer names with, well, more designer names. I have heard of all the fashion powerhouses he mentions throughout the song, however when I heard the line “Cause everything designer, her jeans is Helmut Lang,” curiosity got the best of me and I immediately started doing my research.

Lo and behold, I was instantly obsessed. From the neutral hues to the asymmetric style frocks, I knew that one day I would get my hands on at least one of these pieces. Although that day has not come yet (I hesitate to even spend two dollars on gum at the convenience store), I still found a way for a few items in my closet to resemble the aesthetic of Lang’s brand.

Inspired by the oversized knit looks that were featured in the Helmut Lang fall 2014 ready-to-wear show, I bundled up in this Nasty Gal cable knit sweater and paired it with a plain pair of medium dark wash jeans. What I love about this sweater, and all other turtlenecks for that matter, is the fact that a scarf isn’t necessary. The thickness of the material almost serves as a second jacket and the high neck style keeps the entire upper body warm. Although the footwear in Lang’s show called for ankle booties and flats, I decided to stick with my Vince Camuto suede boots due to the unbearable 20-degree temperature.

I’m all about making sacrifices for fashion, but comfort is definitely the key to pulling off an outfit. As much as I wanted to match the models to a T and pair the sweater with a midi skirt, I knew that I needed to dress for winter weather and keep the legs hidden. When spring rolls around, I will finally have a chance to try my hand at a full Helmut Lang inspired outfit (skirt and all). Maybe I’ll even get a few new style pointers from A$AP by then.

Get My Look: 1. A cozy cable knit turtleneck sweater. 2. Black boots with gold button detailing. 3. A simple black shoulder bag.