Since its debut nearly 30 years ago, Helmut Lang has continued to artfully execute minimalist designs fit for the new avant-garde. “When Helmut Lang was launched, it instantly became a drug, an insane addiction, and all the fashion girls were on board,” explains Simon Doonan, Barneys’ Creative Ambassador at Large, of the brand’s instantaneous impact. “The vibe and rhythm of his fashion shows—simple, somber, powerful—were wildly influential and changed the way designers presented fashion. There was no froufrou. That tough simplicity is still in evidence on today’s runways, but it started with Helmut.” It’s true—the iconic fashion house was a pioneer at the art of elevated basics—creating buzz around the pieces you want to wear every day.
For Fall ‘15, Helmut Lang has reinvigorated these signature essentials to create a covetable edit of modern wardrobe staples with a focus on premium fabrications and stripped down, architectural designs. “It riffs on the powerful DNA of the brand—that combo of strength, simplicity confidence, and—of course—hedonism,” says Doonan, with his signature enthusiasm. “When you wear Helmut Lang you must prepare yourself: Your life gets more intense!”
More intense and, thankfully, easier. The beauty lies in the way pieces like luxe knits, supple leathers, and tailored pants mix together effortlessly to create enduring styling options. Here, we bring you our six favorite must-buy items for fall, and why they deserve room in your closet now.
1. The Leather Jacket
The point of difference with wear-every-day leather jacket is that it fits like a second skin. The slightly shrunken fit has immaculate execution, thanks to the supple nature of its extraordinarily fine Spanish Entrefino nappa leather.
2. Wide-Leg Cargos
Embracing this season’s focus on both relaxed tailoring and utility dressing, these pants feature an ultra-flattering paper bag waist, which looks amazing with a fitted top (as pictured), and tab snap details that create a subtle tapering of the leg.
3. Never-Boring Basics
From body-conscious tank tops to softly draped T’s, the cotton-cashmere blend lends both luxury and comfort to the essential layering pieces.
4. The Fall Skirt
The slim, A-line midi has minimal yet eye-catching details like its front slit, belt loops, and form-fitting darts in the back, but it’s the textural interest that the rich, black suede brings to an outfit that we like best.
5. Impeccable Shirting
The white shirt is reimagined as a pared-down tunic, but not without standout details that separate it from the pack: double-button barrel cuffs, a longer shirttail hemline, mother-of-pearl buttons, and a collarless split neck.
6. The Shearling Jacket
Unique construction of the lamb shearling eliminates bulk, and despite looking like it’s layered over a leather jacket, it’s surprisingly lightweight—ideal for trans-seasonal layering.