Sunday, October 2, 2011
Horizontal strips of light serve as the background for Rick Owens' show - almost resembling an enlarged electric bug zapper. Always one for provocativeness, he dubbed it a "gateway to heaven." Religious, spiritual references are evident, with strong elements of restraint despite the lack of typical restraining fashion - bondage devices and the like. For his S/S 2012 collection, Owens went against the idea of "horny dressing" in exchange for "stately elegance."
There's a medieval sense of display - mostly monochromatic, voluminous pieces distract from the presentation of the woman's body. Her head is the point of prominence, in a similar fashion to popes of the time.
Rick Owens makes a statement on originality of the individual, and perhaps the idea behind this collection is more powerful than the clothing itself. It's hard to say that though, given the impeccable design and creation of these garments. We'll call it a tie.
Images via style.com