PFW Show Report: Rick Owen’s Layering

01 October 2009

Rick Owens is a man of few surprises, and we like him that way. When you walk into his show, you have a sense of security and comfort that you know what you are going to see, and you are going to like it. That really is a very strong compliment, after all Rick Owens is something of a genius when it comes to cut and texture. And the story is the same for SS ’10. In a largely monochrome collection – with a touch of grey and sand thrown in to break it up a little – the designer played with volume, layering and draping to create a clever and conceptual collection, that was both visually interesting, but wearable. His signature jackets were turned into pieces of sculpture, which were complemented by the large metal bracelet cuffs the models wore. Naturally there were leather touches that make every look unmistakeably Rick, but it was the metallic draped dresses that really stood out - perhaps because they looked different, or perhaps because we saw some humour in them (that probably wasn’t there, but hey ho)?? But on a personal note, we have already started to covet the slouchy, peep-toe ankle boots and are already rather gutted that they will never look the same on us, as they do on these girls.

- Kay Barr


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