PARIS — Helmut Lang has returned to the fashion forefront in a big way, and he demonstrated that with a sensational fall collection. The looks were a blend of practicality and chic, often featuring straps, ties or harnesses, along with plenty of flaps, which turned up in coats, for example, that were seamed horizontally and Velcroed. Here, one of his flap-happy outfits: a jacket, sweater and lace-up pants. For more on the season, see pages 4 to 10.

This story first appeared in the March 10, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.