Helmut is known for having redefined the 90´s fashion scene with his minimalist designs. He was the head of a movement that represented a generation of young artists in their mature phase, dressing them up with monochromatic garments while adding some fine technical touches with most of his pieces made out of common materials.
In this post we focus on his iconic ballistic vest, which was released within the SS 98 Collection. What made this piece stand out once it was presented is the fact that it is a technical garment which comes from a diametrically opposed world to fashion. Helmut transformed it, creating a subtle and elegant piece. The range of colors chosen for the vest is very sober, which has helped to build up the timeless image that characterizes this piece. Among them, we find black, olive green, white, white/navy, black/navy and navy/white. In the FW 98 Collection the vest also appears in an off-white version as well as in a silk grey finish.
After his departure from the brand in 2005, the homonymous fashion brand lost much of its magic, which is trying to be recovered with projects like the recent RE-EDITION capsule, where they have tried to catch the eye of the public by launching some of the designer’s most emblematic pieces. As an example, In 2018 Volume 3, the ballistic vest was re-edited, under the supervision of Justin Westover, creative director of Byronesque.
Written by Adrián Lorca