Wild & Lethal Trash AW1997 Pen Denim

Wild & Lethal Trash AW1997 Pen 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 skewed towards, but rather a reaction to the present, a realtime interpretation of culture. Take for example W.&L.T.'s early embrace of the internet, or its inspired translations of club kids and ravers during the formative days of the movements. It then makes sense that they would use graffiti, a key element of ‘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 the phrase “Create Our Own Idol,” which suggests an us-against-the-world vibe consistent with the attitudes of ‘90s counter culture.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.  

Tagged size: 30

Add To Cart