Deathly dark room, pounding music, sinister dry ice and dramatic lighting - it must be a Rick Owens show. When a designer has reached such high favour in defining and acting as a catalyst for a style, is it often difficult for them to move on? The dark monochromatic message, that is part gothic and part apocalyptic has always been the signature of LA designer Rick Owens. Long before many young European designers had explored the dark side, Owens had established it as his own, and refined it to excellence. The feminine / masculine collection strode the familiar path, with Owens showing his expertise in cutting and garment construction. Head scarfed warriors word elongated collar-less frock coats, draped jersey vests and healed leather boots, and while summer may not be the natural platform for a designer whose main ingredient is leather, Owens manages to re-carve his aesthetic each season, and offer different variations on his black and white finely tuned wardrobe. Revolutionary? No, but a master class in capturing and communicating a distinct vision.
Long before many young European designers had explored the dark side, Owens had established it as his own, and refined it to excellence.