Helmut Lang's prickly relations with The New York Times continue, even though he is no longer in the fashion business. WWD has learned that Lang, who barred Times reporters from his fashion shows in 2002, has now requested a correction for "false reporting and incorrect statements" in an article that appeared in the Thursday Styles section on Nov. 2. Titled "After Helmut," the story detailed Lang's exit from the then Prada-owned fashion house in January 2005, Prada's subsequent sale of the brand to Link Theory Holdings and the hiring of Lang's design successors, the husband-and-wife team of Michael and Nicole Colovos. On Tuesday, a Lang spokesman said the designer has not yet received any commitment from the paper to correct what Lang described as a series of statements that question the commercial viability of his creativity. Specifically, Lang takes issue with the suggestions he was guilty of "corporate insubordination," of "unwavering dedication to his distinctive, if uncomfortably masochistic, bondage references" and of resisting attempts to add "lucrative accessories and luxury pieces" to his collection. The spokesman said the statements "can be considered damaging to [Lang's] current activities," which include a variety of art-related projects. A spokeswoman for the Times said, "We received his letter and it is under review."
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