'Game of Thrones' inspires ... a high fashion line?
Helmut Lang has debuted a line of clothing directly inspired by HBO's lavish fantasy series "Game of Thrones," set to return for its second season on April 1.
It may seem counter-intuitive, considering just how many memorable moments from the first season of the series, based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, involved characters in stages of undress. But the vaguely medieval look of the Seven Kingdoms had made its way across the Sunset Sea to New York for Fashion Week.
Helmut Lang's creative directors Nicole and Michael Colovos admit to using the fantasy series as an inspiration for the current set of clothes.
The line, which appeared on the runway this week, features enough boots, leggings and leather to qualify for a decent armor class (for the RPG players out there).
After being off the air for close to a year, "Game of Thrones" will return to HBO with 10 new episodes in the spring, adapting the second book in Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series titled "A Clash of Kings."
With filming taking place across several different countries -- including a glacier in Iceland for the second season -- the series provides ample opportunity to see a wide range of garments, with the colder weather options reflected in Helmut Lang's fall-winter collection.
When it comes to urban fashion this fall, it's not such much a question of haute couture as Hodor couture.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Models wear clothing from Helmut Lang's 2012 fall-winter collection. Credit: Helmut Lang / Associated Press