2002 Classic Cotton Sweater with Raised Stripes
Size IT 44: Best for an IT 46 - 36 Chest - S or an IT 48 - 38 Chest - S/M.
Helmut Lang chunky cotton sweater from S/S 2002. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.
Vogue.com's Laird Borelli described Lang's S/S 2002 collection as 'mixing romanticism, sex, and science, [balancing] flesh-baring cutouts and bondage-style harnesses with Great Gatsby-style femininity.' Upon a first look, clean silhouettes and a largely monochromatic palette give the impression of a minimalist look. Upon a closer inspection, however, it becomes evident that there was nothing simplistic about this collection. Hard and soft were balanced throughout the show: the sueded texture of perch (fish) leather was juxtaposed with the pristine structure of metallic patent leather, while intricately layered transparent silks were paired with linear outerwear. Lang's iconic deconstructed basics and skeleton garments created fluid lines on the wearers' bodies.
Stripes have been a prominent element of Helmut Lang designs since the early 1990s and have been realised using a variety of techniques, from rubber applications to silk panels and everything in between. This sweater exhibits one of Lang's most interesting takes on this decoration, where the striped elements result from the stitch pattern of the knit itself. Crafted from chunky cotton yarn in a simple stockinette stitch, the piece features alternating stitch variations to form raised stripes. The cut is semi fitted with a crew neckline.
Like many of Helmut Lang's classic designs, the way the details are executed gives the design a rarely found sophistication. The geometric shapes of the cut-and-sewn panels are aligned precisely, while subtle yet highly decorative finishes such as the ribbing on the waistline and cuffs demonstrate the high quality of the piece.
Overall, this is an excellent basic knit that will add a sharp touch to any sophisticated outfit. Its streamlined aesthetic makes it versatile and easy to integrate into a variety of wardrobes, while remaining timelessly relevant despite its age.