Solid basics are critical to any wardrobe, but in this case, they are essential. Take a look at any Helmut Lang show from the ’90s, and you’ll discover the overall simplicity behind each outfit. But in true fashion, there’s always a subversive twist—whether it be the silhouette, styling, or construction. In terms of palettes, neutrals reigned supreme for both Margiela and Helmut Lang during this era, so when re-creating, you’ll want to stick to black and white separates. Not everything was a stark palette of black and white, though: Both designers were known to throw in a soft shade of blue or green for good measure.