"Helmut Lang has often been praised for his 'deconstructive' designs. With basic garment forms as the starting point, Lang created subversively elegant and abstract designs that combined the classic with the avant-garde. This experimentation was amply demonstrated in S/S 2001, where Lang explored ways of revealing the body. Cut-outs and laces were used to decorate tops, trousers and outerwear, while dresses featured straps and perforations that created a subtle yet sensual effect.The wearer's body is highlighted and in turn becomes an essential component of the design itself. S/S 2001 can thus be understood as a quintessential Helmut Lang collection, combining his cerebral conceptualism with a new sense ofraw-yet-refined sexiness." - Endyma
This minimal undergarment was showcased in the SS01 runway as a surprisingly elegant outer piece, complementing the more intricate cutouts and strap motifs throughout. This is a press sample with the corresponding tag.
It may seem unintuitive to refer to a pair of simple briefs when showcasing Helmut Lang's attention to avant-garde detail, yet the simplicity of the item only further highlights just how amazing the execution was. The edges are finished with a stitch composed of the fabric itself leading to an extremely elegant and smooth transition. The entire fabric of the garment is not cut and sewn, but rather delicately knit in a completely anatomic pattern as shown by the subtle changes in the grain of the fabric.