1998 Fine Calf Leather Classic Jeans
Helmut Lang black leather jeans from A/W 1998-1999. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.
'It’s about America. It’s not about couture', Helmut Lang famously stated after rejecting Balenciaga's proposal to work as the maison's head designer. Lang had an enduring fascination with American workwear and particularly its most iconic identifier, denim. And of course, few garments are more representative of denim than the classic 5-pocket jeans. Their archetypal design was a strong source of inspiration for the designer, who transformed classic denim staples to sophisticated high fashion pieces. In turn, his jeans were not only praised for their sophisticated fabrications but also for their distinctive and precisely-fitting silhouette. Renown NY fashion buyer Gene Pressman stated in 2006:
'Lang has mastered the old-fashioned fit of just being tight and narrow. The [fabrics] are worn in the way I like them. [...] And if Helmut Lang goes out of business? Look for vintage Helmut Lang jeans.'
Part of the A/W 1998 collection, these jeans are crafted from luxurious calf leather with a semi-matte finish. The leather's quality is exceptional, as seen in its fine grains and unblemished smooth texture that has been maintained despite the trousers' age. The detailing is undoubtedly inspired by Levi's 1947 501XX model, featuring a traditional five-pocket design reinforced with metal rivets. At the same time, Lang's decidedly clean lines as well as the absence of superficial decoration make his jeans timelessly modern despite their century-old origins. The jeans have Lang's typical 'classic' cut which consists of a medium rise, fitted seat, fitted thigh and a narrow straight leg. The reward of this carefully considered pattern is a flattering shape that looks simultaneously effortless and sharp.
Like all Helmut Lang jeans, the finishing is of a very high standard with considerable attention to detail. The hardware has a matte silver finish that pleasantly contrasts with the leather's deep black hue, and is engraved with the Helmut Lang logo. The interior is fully lined in smooth viscose satin for increased comfort, and the lining has been attached by hand on the hems. Overall, the construction is sturdy and will withstand years of heavy wear.
Combining Lang's impeccable silhouette with luxurious leather, these timeless trousers will add a refined and subtly aggressive touch to any casual outfit. Strongly recommended.