I've noticed alot of you mention wearing Helmut Lang. HL is one of the few brands that I'm really not familiar with. From what I've deduced, it is similar in styling along the lines of Jil Sander and Calvin Klein. Can anyone elaborate on this? Please include price range.
As far as I know, Helmut Lang has never worked for anyone else. Â He started designing in the 70s and began to show in Paris in the '80s. Â He really rose into popularity in the '90s with his stretch t-shirts and his pant silouhette which is very narrow and straight leg. His label is now owned by the Prada Group. I would say Helmut Lang is both minimalist and futurist. Â He's similar to Jil Sander. Â But I think Jil Sander (pre-Prada) is more of a classic, "just got of bed and can't think of what to wear" look, if that makes any sense. Â However both are concerned with using luxury fabrics (and in the case of Helmut Lang, really innovative uses of different natural and synthetic fabrics), sober color palettes with an occasional splash of bright color, and clean lines. Â I would say the difference is that Helmut Lang is turns out more "urban" and "edgy" clothing. Â His vision is really seductive and that's where I think the comparison to Calvin Klein is appropriate. Â He often has quirks like hanging sleeves resembling bondage or an irregular seam or straps. Â I have a lot of Helmut Lang clothing and his clothes fit New York perfectly. Â I ignore a lot of the really unwearable clothing with "quirks" like the above mentioned, and buy the more classic-looking stuff, but still with an edge. I still want to buy a 3-button black HL suit one of these days, but my size is always sold out when it comes to sale time. Â He also makes the best jeans, in my opinion, which are very popular too. One thing that has bothered me about HL recently is how he has become more commercial and started producing t-shirts or polo shirts with the Helmut Lang logo. Â I guess this was inevitable. HL is expensive. Â At retail, pants are anywear from $200-300, and button-down shirts are anywhere from $150-300. In addition to the HL boutique, Saks and Barneys, check out Camouflage too on 8th Avenue for a good selection of HL. Hope this helps.