Helmut Lang, S/S 1997 Workwear Shirt with Contrast Collar and Back Stripe
The S/S 1997 we saw a wide range of Helmut Lang's iconic 'Jeans' label after being partially introduced for his A/W 1996. The jeans label consisted of s partnership between Lang and Italian manufacturers GTR Group (Gruppo Tessile Riunito) which was instrumental in his brand's commercial success in the late 1990s. The S/S 1997 collection saw a reinterpretation of past archival garments from the mainline collections from previous years. Especially, this shirt was first presented in the A/W 1994 runway show in black and white silk.
The main fabric is a soft cotton drill with a slightly textured, worn-in finish. While the small collar and back stripe detail are made from extremely soft cotton poplin. The vibrant colours and thoughtful detailing lend a thoroughly modern feel to the piece cementing itself as a desirable piece even 20 years later. Further details include classic workwear style pockets with button flaps, barrel cuffs on the wrists and side pleats down the back of the shirt. The piece is finished with a curved hem and beautiful mother of pearl contrasting buttons.