14 April 2009

Rick Owens spills on global fashion

Rick Owens 

In a moody black and white film just published online at Hint Magazine one of our favourite designers Rick Owens gives us an insight into the workings of his mind. I knew he was different when I first interviewed him eight years ago in a taxi from his tiny studio in the garment district in LA on our way to a budget airline flight to New York, where he later picked up the best new designer award from the CFDA. But now he has really made it in Paris he has more to say than ever. Especially about the LA fashion scene, which he labels ‘arrogant' for holding their fashion week a matter of weeks after the month-long fashion season finishes in Paris. ‘LA is great at making sitcoms. It is the movie capital of the world. They don't have the [fashion] tradition,' he says. Owens also reveals that living in Paris makes him tired. ‘In LA I lived a reclusive lifestyle. In Paris I have to communicate with so many people in so many languages. That's why I have a nap every afternoon. It's an escape – a kind of mini-suicide.' But his last comments make us wonder what he really thinks of us Brits. As he reveals that he had to open his London shop while it was unfinished. ‘I hate being half-assed...but on the other hand, people enjoy feeling they are the first ones.' So does that mean we have low-standards, Rick? Or maybe he means that we are just too cool for school. Think we prefer the latter!

- By Melanie Rickey


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