Indeed, it was surreal to see the Rick Owens show let alone sit at the front row amongst the"darkstyle" community. Being a huge fan of the "granddaddy of goth" Paris-based American designer, it was a real treat to sit back and enjoy the spectacle unfold right before my very eyes. Even if this collection is undeniably not among his best collections to date, I still enjoyed every second of it. By enjoyable I meant the show was interesting and different. Once you have reached a status like Rick's in this industry you can infallibly serve anything. And rest assured your die-hard minions will eat it with full enthusiasm. Look at those sold-out Rick Owens x Adidas kicks that were pretty much everywhere last fashion week. Without a doubt, this successful collaboration cemented Rick as one of the most influential designers of our time.
Aside from the usual plethora of predictable blacks, there was a good amount of refreshing pastels in action, highlighted even more by the mutant-like make-up of some of the anorexic-looking lads. The look perhaps was inspired by Nightcrawler, the literally beast-looking superhero with three fingers and a tail with teleportation superpowers. The intricate patchwork and doodle-like embroidery tops as well as the one-shouldered leather cut-out vests were definitely among the stand-out pieces from this collection. Also, the space boot footwear was a bit gimmicky and gaudy for me. I still think Rick's classic geobasket trainers are still his best ones to date. It's always difficult to top the original design.
It looks like Rick Owens is trying to expand his territory by serving something different. I suppose we'll have to wait and see how his darkstyle followers react to this collection.
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