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What's the fit of Helmut Lang's clothing like his jackets, and suits? Slim side or what? Also what's the quality?

Like compared to Comme des Garcons, Costume National, etc. Thanks.
 

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Alot slimmer than Comme Des (Japanese tend to cut bigger to allow the clothes movement and drape). Costume is fairly similar. It's quite nice in quality. I have basics that I've had for years from Helmut. Suits are beautiful for a slim guy like me. I wear this a Dior Homme for the best fit. The jeans are a great staple in your wardrobe.
 

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So their things are slimmer than other designers? Kind of like Dior Homme? Thanks.
 

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Not quite as extreme as dior homme. I think Helmut's right on w/ Prada, Miu Miu... They are on the smaller end of the spectrum. I'm not sure i'm helping much with my description. Let see. I am a Helmut Paul Smith, Dolce, Helmut 38 in suits and a 40 in Dior Homme blazers. I recommend trying it on and feel it out yourself. Sizing is very personal.
 

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At least for suits, Helmut Lang is fairly slim, but not nearly as much as Dior, and HL is also notably less slim than Prada or Costume National. I can easily wear a 52 in Helmut Lang but I need a 54 in the others.

Helmut Lang shirts are cut extremely slim, however, especially in the back and shoulders.
 

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I just bought a nice black HL suit through yoox and it fits relatively well. I have a fairly athletic build with broad shoulders and typically wear a size 46R. The HL suit is in size 46 also and it fits fine throughout the chest and shoulders, though it is still a little big around the waist.

This leads me to a question of my own though. This is my first lightweight suit and I've noticed that there is a little bit of extra material on the upper back between my shoulder blades. It just seems to bunch up a bit back there. Is this a problem that a tailor will be able to fix?
 

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You mean just a bit below the neck? I'm not sure.
 

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This leads me to a question of my own though. This is my first lightweight suit and I've noticed that there is a little bit of extra material on the upper back between my shoulder blades. It just seems to bunch up a bit back there. Is this a problem that a tailor will be able to fix?
Shouldn't be hard to fix, I have that problem too with most suits that I have tried on. Most salespeople and alteration guys told me that it is because of my square shoulder.

Now, to what extent that alteration affects the balance of the suit, I have no idea. Perhaps our resident suit experts could clarify that.
 

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Well, I have a HL question now. What do the prices compare to? I've heard too many varying answers. I don't know who to believe.
 

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Well, I have a HL question now. What do the prices compare to? I've heard too many varying answers. I don't know who to believe.
Mine cost $362, marked down from an original price of $723.
 

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A whole suit? That's not as bad as I thought. I'm in love with a punky jacket from the s/s collection that I feel inclined to purchase in Paris. Don't worry. It's not one of those shiny silver ones.
 

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You mean just a bit below the neck? I'm not sure.
Yeah. It seems like something that a tailor would be able to fix, though it would be nice to get someone else's opinion on the matter before I go and get everything tailored.
 

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Wasn't Helmut Lang bought by Prada? I seem to recall that the brands bought by Prada declined in quality i.e. Jil Sander.

When did they actually acquire Lang?
 

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Wasn't Helmut Lang bought by Prada? I seem to recall that the brands bought by Prada declined in quality i.e. Jil Sander.

When did they actually acquire Lang?
I believe the deleterous effects of the Prada anschluss began around the 2000 season. At least, that's when I noticed materials and tailoring quality taking a nose-dive.

Peace,

JG
 

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