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Dope Music, Fluid Flow, & Comfy Clothes

Helmut Lang Runway Spring/Summer 2020

Helmut Lang Mens + Womens S/S 2020 Runway Show

Spacious, Stark blanc en blanc room with pops of colored clothing…fluidly floating thru Time and Space

scott Mackenzie-Streetzblog 2021

Spacious, Stark blanc en blanc room with pops of colored clothing…fluidly floating thru Time and Space. The Helmut Lang Runway show for the Spring/Summer 2020 season provides a nicely mixed soundtrack of techno tracks, with models perfectly choreographed to flow through the intersections of time and space provided.

Giving us high end luxury clothing that looks super comfortable to wear indoors and out. For both Women and Men. Trust me, Helmut Lang clothes are well constructed, made of high end fabrics, sewed to perfection. Flawless execution of fabrication deluxe. Below are the Highlights and Lowlights of the Helmut Lang Runway Show.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Music. Flow of it. Techno pulse of it. Vibe of it, to fit the Venue
  • The multi pocketed Olive green cropped jackets
  • The Comfy, Fluid, feel of the clothing. It all felt just so comfortable. Flowing, Swirling, thru the cross Trafficked runway
  • The Army Green/Olive colors
  • Use of straps (Both Men’s and Women’s)
  • Silver on White
  • Blanc en Blanc setting. Let the clothes do the walking and talking
  • Bright Yellow. Yep, Even I liked the Color yellow popping through the stark white background
  • The Light Green Men’s Suit
  • Bright Yellow + Neon Pink Women’s dresses
  • The Helmut Lang Quality of the Clothing

LOWLIGHTS

  • Too much of the color White
  • Not enough of the color Black. (Most of the best HL clothes are black or at least Gun Metal/Nickel colored)
  • Da Vinyl clothing
  • Beige/Brown. Two of the worst clothing colors other than White and Aqua
  • The Faded blue Jeans Jacket and Pants. Just did not fit the rest of the higher end line of the Brand

Y-3, Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, Daniel Patrick and Chapter are streetzblog favorites featuring mostly darker shades of clothing, solidly made tailoring, to wear for many years to come. Over the last 3 years, Helmut Lang has become a go to favorite along the same lines as the brands listed above.

In December 2018, I had finished up a lunch with my friend at a super-good vegan joint near Union Square, NYC. I figured I’d head to Soho on Foot. Was a lot longer and colder than I expected. But, I landed at the Helmut Lang Sample sale. I do LOVE a good sample sale. And this was Perf for me. Almost the entire selection was my all time Favorite color-Black!

I was in that sample sale for like 2 hours. Trying on things, snagging & swooping upon shirts and pants as soon as someone put them back, and putting some back myself as I was on a Bit of a budget. Socializing, touching and feeling each and every piece of these high end quality items. And waiting for an XL or even a L to appear in the Hoodie section. I ended up with 5 items: Black Calf Skin Luxe-Life Kicks, Perfectly tailored Shorts, One T shirt and a pair of Gaberdine Trousers with crisp cool exquisite buttons on the bottoms of the legs. All at 70-80% off retail. Hanging out and purchasing these items, I became an instant fan of the Brand.

Here’s a picture of the Helmut Lang Luxe-Life Kicks. Super comfortable in the color black…of course:

Recently (January 2021) before going on my 90 day no shoes no clothes purchasing cleanse. In January 2021, I re-found Helmut Lang during their Surplus Sale. Was just like a NY Sample sale, yet on line. Not quite as much fun, no hanging with people, no touching the fabrics, no trying on clothes and shoes. But I did know the quality would be there. Scored some pretty dope pieces yet again. A long Sleeve Army Green Modal Cotton (The kind of cotton that is smooth and silky on the skin) A really nice pair of 3m striped pants (Black with silver stripe), a pair of Gun Metal Colored shorts similar to the sample sale, just a bit more fitting and of course a T shirt. Budget was under $225, retail was over $1050. SCORE!

Here’s the Helmut Lang F/W 2020 Pants with Silver 3M Stripe:

I’ve got my eyes on the New Helmut Strap joggers and the Strap knee length shorts. Hope they have enough stock for a sample or surplus sale on these 2 items. Maybe in May. And Maybe in May, we can shop in store again? Hope, the in-store experience comes back sooner than later. I really cant go anywhere nowadays, I like to touch the materials too much, and peruse for way longer than the usual customer. Thus, it’s way too risky of an endeavor for me in March 2020 thru May? 2021.

If you want to see the new goods or the current sale, check Helmut Lang out right here

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YOU KNOW your a Fashionista or a Fashionister when…

OMG! I sure hope there's a Y-3 Sample Sale nearby in Hawaii

…you see a sign that says Y-3 in the Sam’s club parking lot letting people know what level and area that they jut parked in. And instead of thinking its a parking sign like most people you get real excited from the sign and  walk up close to it thinking “Wow!  Y-3 -Oh Man! I sure hope there’s a sample sale or pop-up store nearby” and seeing this sign in yellow and black, it sure doesn’t help that the Y-3 brand Uses orange and black as their brands colors.  Me being a pretty bad fashionister especially when it comes to kicks and jeans went right up to the sign and took this picture.  And “No” there was no sample sale or pop-up store nearby. Bummer.

Although one of the reasons this sign stood out to me was my good friend Rolanda in NYC was the first to let me know about sample sales years ago and the Y-3 Sale was the first REAL name brand sale That I ever attended.I loved it, real expensive clothes and kicks for extremely great prices and since I wear Large, a 40 suit and either a 9.5 or 10 size shoe, the sample sales work for me perfectly.  Even though I only wear these shoes once a year at Halloween, I just had to buy something at the Y-3 Sample sale, so I bought theses super bright Y-3’s and at the time bright orange was one of my favorite colors so it worked out well

My Y-3 super bright Orange Hi-Top kicks! Yep, They’re Bright but they’re REAL Y-3’s and that is what matters most!

The funny thing about these shoes is the box says they are for basketball-see below-I cant see anyone in this world wearing them to play basketball. they are soft suede Fashionister shoes only made for late night european style dinners and hotel  Costes After hours lounge parties.

Play B-Ball in these? Hell No! These are sweet, expensive, big time designer shoes!

 Note: Dictionary.reference.com defines the word:fash·ion·is·ta as:

[fash-uh-nee-stuh]

noun

a very fashionable person, especially one who works in the fashion industry.

And I define Fashionister (Fash-Uh-Nee-Stir) as the male version of the female Fashionista.  For some reason, I couldn’t find Fashionister on Wikipedia, encyclopedia Britannica or even dictionary.reference.com.  Hey-Next week, I’ll be in Seattle for my Step Sisters Weddng. I’ll be hitting the streetz with new QR-Code Stickers and scoping out the latest fashion finds for all the fashionistas and fashionisters, street culture vultures, trendhunters, Hot trends peeps etc.  stay tuned for the Seattle Streetz blog.com  Leave a comment if you like, LMK your favorite sample sales or tips on what to do at a sale or  email me at alohabros@gmail.com or text or call me if you live in Seattle and have some cool places you think I should check out!  AlohaLatersForNow.

 

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