Helmut Lang SS1998 Nylon Waist Bag

Helmut Lang SS1998 Nylon Waist Bag


As modern day designers toy with ways to best integrate the time-bending immediacy of social media into the traditional fashion release schedules (think Celine reportedly preparing to experiment with drops, or Tom Ford and Burberry trying instantly shoppable runway shows), a symbiosis emerges with Lang’s Fall 1998 season, in which he became the first designer to release of a show on the internet. Though a commonplace occurrence today, it can’t be understated what a powerful promotional and symbolic act it was to release images of a runway show on a public platform. Previously restricted to those who could attend the shows, lookbooks, and subscription magazines such as Vogue, which catered to the upper crust, it was a true crystallization of Lang’s standing as the purported “man of the people” among designers.

The clothes themselves marked an evolution for Lang into a more conceptual exploration of military wear, whose depth would develop further as he progressed. Immaculately clean lines were improbably conceived out of unstable silks and gauze fabrics, while elegant layers of oft-utiliatiarn garments such as parkas and fleeces were erected through a temporal palette of white, grey, and yellowed tones uncharacteristic of a fall season.

This heavy weight nylon waist bag is an excellent demonstration of Helmut Lang’s interpretation of utilitarian garments and accessories. Raising the flap reveals two zipper pockets, while the adjustable velcro allows for a one-size-fits-all fastening.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

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