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1999 Asymmetric Bondage Trousers with Elastic Straps

Helmut Lang

1999 Asymmetric Bondage Trousers with Elastic Straps

£180.00

IT 40 (adjustable): Best for a 28", 29" or 30" waist.

Helmut Lang bondage trousers from S/S 1999. In brand new condition with tags and replacement buttons. Made in Italy. RRP: $425 (£256)

The late 1990s mark an important transition in Helmut Lang's work. His streetwear designs are increasingly becoming more layered and abstract, often with subtle references to subcultural styles. While the S/S 1999 runway maintained a rather minimalist tone, many of the garments that were showcased were subversively adorned with interior harnesses and asymmetric strapped details. This distinctive pair of trousers is particularly interesting as one of the earliest examples of Helmut Lang's iconic elastic strap detailing, which appeared extensively in the designer's final collections. Their asymmetric detailing lends an unexpected aggressive edge to the otherwise classic workwear design.  

The trousers are made from a soft cotton twill with a slightly brushed finish. Although they are from the women's line, their style and sizing make them undeniably unisex. The cut is slim with a slightly straight leg and a three-dimensional shape. A multitude of iconic Helmut Lang details are present: The knees have an articulated cut that follows the lines of the body and feature horizontal elastic straps that can be placed on the front or back of the leg. The right leg has a unique construction with a chunky band that secures with velcro, that covers an asymmetric panel with boxed corners. The waist features Helmut Lang's signature strap adjusters, with polished silver hardware. 

The front pockets are made from the same panel as the waistband and front leg, demonstrating Lang's excellent patternwork. The fly closes with a zip, a concealed snap and a button to prevent uneven stretching. The interior is finished with bound seams and pockets are lined in an off-white textured cotton fabric. The waist features multiple straps for hanging, and the crotch area features additional protective lining.

These trousers are quintessential Helmut Lang in their idiosyncratic and inimitable aesthetic. Lang's bondage-inspired detailing is one of his most iconic touches and makes for a very distinctive statement piece.


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