Wasteland Survival Guide

Paris…Rick Owens

One of the most well received collections of the season has been Rick Owens’ first-ever show dedicated to menswear. Owens never, ever wanders far from his trademark aesthetic of a kind of post-apocalyptic warrior, or as he described it to Men.Style.com, “Celebrate the freak, create the creature.” His influence for F/W 09/10 was a New York performance artist, Klaus Nomi, known for his operatic sci-fi cabaret. Yes, you read right. Owens always stands for an anti-fashion element, never wanting glamour to enter the picture. Even still, his collection of black basics for the future still has an immense romance and charisma about it. The over-sized, over-lapped layers competed with other tight-fitting styles that wrapped around the body like a third skin. Speaking of skins, Owens used beautiful, luxurious leathers, furs (vests, trim and boots), and alligator. The gold plated animal horns worn as adornments on a couple of models proved the point that in Owens’ future, it will be survival of the fittest.


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