Walter van Beirendonck/Wild & Lethal Trash Graffiti Denim

Walter van Beirendonck/Wild & Lethal Trash Graffiti Denim


Founded in 1993 as an offshoot of his eponymous label, Wild & Lethal Trash was Walter Van Beirendonck’s youthful and future-forward clothing label. It borrowed heavily from club kid culture, dealing out heavy doses of neon clothing, and repurposing cartoon characters in a way that suggested drug-induced euphoria moreso than Sunday mornings. The graphics were often bold and chaotic, intentionally lacking a focal point as a way to highlight and repurpose the visual over-saturation created by the internet era.

W.&L.T. was very much a brand for the moment. It was not a tribute to the past, as designers like Hedi Slimane and Ann Demeulemeester’s work skews towards, but rather a reaction to the present, a realtime interpretation of ephemeral culture. In such a context, it makes natural sense that they would employ graffiti as a recurring design choice. The medium was a key element of early ‘90s counter-culture, during which street art emerged as a prominent method of expression and rebellion. These pants feature several verbal signatures of W.&L.T., including their “Kiss the Future” rallying cry, and references to their mischievous cartoon avatar, Puk-Puk.

Condition: 10/10. Brand new with tags attached.  

Tagged size: 36

Waist: 18.5in

Rise: 10in

Thigh: 13in

Inseam: 32.5in

Hem: 9.5in

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