2003 Vintage Coral Red Corduroy Classic Jeans
Size 27: Best for a 28" or 27" waist. Inseam length: 32".
Helmut Lang vintage corduroy jeans with painted details from A/W 2003-2004. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.
In 1996, Helmut Lang was offered the job of head designer at Balenciaga. 'It’s about America. It’s not about couture', he famously stated after rejecting the maison's proposal. Indeed, 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 blue jeans. Their archetypal design was a strong source of inspiration for the designer, who transformed classic denim staples to highly conceptual garments. 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.'
This unusual version of Lang's classic jeans is crafted from vintage corduroy in a vibrant coral red colour. The fabric has been washed and sanded to achieve a vintage effect with deliberate wear and minor colour variations. The detailing is 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 and 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 silhouette that looks simultaneously effortless and sharp. Like all Helmut Lang denim, the finishing is of a very high standard. The fly closes with a zipper instead of buttons to protect the soft fabric. The hardware has an antique silver finish and is engraved with the Helmut Lang logo, while the interior is flawlessly constructed with mainly flat fell seams that ensure the jeans will be worn for years without fraying.
Overall, these jeans combine Lang's precise silhouette with an unconventional fabric that sets them apart from the rest. Their distinctive colour will make a statement in any casual outfit, while their robust construction ensures that they will age beautifully over time.