Let’s be real now. It’s not just your average models hitting the runway for Rick Owens debut at Paris Fashion Week, but actual, real working woman. He’s hired real woman, such as friends and staff to Owens himself to show off his latest collection. It’s about luring potential buyers and lovers of the collection, showing it’s wearable for anyone.
Rick Owens is not at all a stranger to making a statement, and being ‘different’ to other labels in the week. ‘I think he’s making a point about the wearability of fashion. All these women wear his clothes in their everyday lives, so who better to showcase them at Fashion Week?’ says his stylist Luigi Murenu. And with that, is there an unforgettable collection, well of course.
The collection is usual Rick Owens personality, dark, heavy tones, such as blacks, burgundies and greys. Although the collection is about embracing real woman, throughout it holds a clear masculine image. We have round shapes, heavy fabrics and square broad shoulders. From the solid colours and clashing textures, white and black/grey print made an appearance, showing true diversity and experimentation, keeping the collection alive. High necks were seen, a big trend for the A/W, almost seen nearly in every collection the past fashion weeks.
We saw heavy sleeves, short and long, giving the models a rounder body shape, and giving them a ‘drowning’ image in the garments. Pleats and seams, with straight shapes were also seen. Head pieces similar, to his Menswear A/W collection which was shown back in January in Paris. Owens has sure stuck to his roots for this collection, and played around with clashing and experimentation, and was a huge risk with the models. He pulled it off, and everything came together perfectly, outstanding collection to the week so far.