As one of the most respected and coveted designers around, you would have thought that leather king Rick Owens had a bit of a passion for all things fashion. But it turns out he's the sort of guy – along with an increasing number of basic-separates-clad fashion designers – who's ‘not really into clothes'. Instead, Owens favours an everyday outfit of black sweatpants and a black or white cotton T-shirt to take him from day to night to gym, and it looks like he's not the only one.
Fashion editors the world over have always marvelled at the insouciantly simple get-ups of designers who create such works of art for a living – look at Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's never-changing uniform of black shirts and jeans, or Alber Elbaz's penguin suits, made to look casually demure when set against the intricate folds of his collections for the house of Lanvin. Then there is John Galliano, who always takes a bow sporting some form of headgear, and Marc Jacobs, aka the skort-wearer, who made kilts for men his downtime uniform. Oh, and who could forget new WAG-come-designer Mrs Victoria Beckham with her unvarying parade of body-con dresses and skyscraper heels?
Maybe it's the comfort factor, or maybe it's the constant pressure to be effortlessly creative at work, but thank goodness that even high-end designers have that one piece in their wardrobe they'll always reach for. Guess they're human after all...
- Katie Jackson