Helmut Lang SS2000 Safety Orange Denim

Helmut Lang SS2000 Safety Orange Denim


Helmut Lang’s SS2000 collection was intended to be rather dreamlike. The surreal quality of it took shape in the variety of airy fabrics he sent models across the runway in, which were translucent and revealing. He additionally opted for light colors which did little to obscure the model’s figures. It can be seen as a precursor to the spring show he presented two years later, which, while more stripped down, featured a similar lightness to the designs.

Lang integrated utility-based workwear into a broader spectrum of design with an ease perhaps unmatched by any designer before or after him. The work never felt pandering or incohesive, as his bondage wear and slick Wall Street tailoring strolled hand-in-hand with safety orange garments, a color the offers little intrinsic value to do those who do not work with their hands. Its existence is attributed to its ability to protect construction workers and hunters by increasing their visibility. These pants place the color on his signature denim jeans, based on Levi’s cuts of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and feature a slim hip, straight leg, and button fly closure. 

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: 33

Waist: 16.5in

Rise: 10.5in

Thigh: 12in

Inseam: 33in

Hem: 8in

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