We knew we were gonna get lots of black at Rick Owens Paris show on Sunday afternoon. Rick Owens look is always dark and anonymous - but don't let that put you off. He is one of the best-selling designers out there probably because he can cut a flattering black T-shirt, legging or tube skirt like no-one else and his leather jackets are legendary. You'll never see his clothes on the sale rail. You'll see them on Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola - you just won't necessarily know it.
The venue: An annexe of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, the famous art school founded in 1648 on the left bank in Paris. But we could be anywhere - the room is a white cube, complete with a pure white catwalk - nightmare for the poor bloke who has to vacuum up dirt from 300 pairs of statement shoes before the show kicks off!
The people: The wild-card front rowers are Lenny Kravitz and his beautiful daughter Zoe both with sunglasses clamped to their heads. Turns out both are major Rick Owens fans. A bunch of the designer's distinctive looking friends with their gold teeth and dyed black hair are hanging out too, some carry Rick Owens latest product - a cuddly toy rabbit. This fluffy toy is cute until you see it has one mad eye, zombie teeth and is made from real rabbit fur!(However bizarre this may sound pics are on their way!) But that's Rick Owens for you...
The Fashion: All the models are wearing the veils worn by novitiate nuns and undone knee boots that slop over the feet. Avant-garde for sure - but it doesn't distract anyone from putting the sexy cutaway black dresses that open the show on their shopping lists for next spring. Or the draped skirt and perfect black tank or the collarless jacket that hugs the body to he hips....
The accessories: we'll give the veils and boots a miss thanks.
The verdict: Good for business! If his styling is not your cup of tea, no worries. It's the clothes that count, and because they are flattering, easy to wear and make anyone who wears them look instantly cool and stylish, they sell. Never heard of Rick? Check his this season stuff out now. [WWD]