NEW YORK — “Fashion Week takes itself so seriously,” Nikolai Haas told ARTINFO Friday night as human-shaped inflated condoms were whirring about in circles behind us. We had caught up with the co-founder of rockstar design duo The Haas Brothers at Hotel Particulier for The Elder Statesman’s New York Fashion Week presentation, which he and brother Simon Haas had designed at label founder Greg Chait’s bidding (“We just dug his vibe,” said Nikolai).
The brothers’ display for Chait’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection took a decidedly subversive route: In lieu of using mannequins, the Haases cut and glued condom-grade latex (which Nikolai explained that, “you can buy it in huge sheets”) into some semblance of the human form, which they inflated, dressed, and hung from a motorized, rotating clothing rack. “We just wanted to make it fun, but still sexy to an extent,” Nikolai told us, although we have to admit we more turned on by the decadent gilded furniture that they designed last year for Versace Home. Different strokes, folks.
The lighting design was really nice.
— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)
Image of Simon Haas, Greg Chait, and Nikolai Haas by BFA; Instagram courtesy Janelle Zara