Photographed by Danielle Levitt
Richard Saturnino Owens, better known as Rick Owens, has turned his darkly glamorous, post-apocalyptic take on gothic grunge into a globally-renowned fashion business, built largely around his signature leather jackets. In addition to his main line, Owens has a furniture line and a number of diffusion lines: Drkshdw, Rickowenslilies and Hunrickowens.
Owens’s widespread resonance amongst generations is attributed to his garments’ abilities to fill our needs without compromise. They are purposefully crafted to work with our bodies, deleting the need for self-manipulation, which is pandemic within fashion. They marry Classical influences to Brutalist design and an ascetic tribalism. Rick avoids the traditional and easily defined, instead he offers us an experience rather than just a single garment. But most importantly, his clothes do not demand perfection.