Rick Owens has firmly installed his dark vision on the Paris show schedule. Each season press and buyers are keen to support the designer's gothic approach to menswear, but Owens has a challenging remit, to retain interest in his distinct aesthetic. As models marched through a slither of light and smoke, the familiar sliced leather coats and skirts over cropped trousers scenario, thumped to Owen's signature banging beats. Powerful and dramatic, the clothes were sharp, linear and excellently cut. Flashes of grey and white provided relief from the heavy dark tones. In some ways the collection felt very familiar - however Owens could argue this is the selling point of his clothes - they retain a clear and distinct hand writing that is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The collection, despite being sombre, was subtle, masculine and firmly rooted in the designer's classic techno trainers. Owens does have an ability to fine tune his design signature each season and ensure his collections communicate subtle changes and a continual progression. Owen's position under the spot light, as menswear's dark knight is secured with this collection, but will the shade begin to fall on Owen's dark side?
The collection, despite being sombre, was subtle, masculine and firmly rooted in the designer's classic techno trainers.