Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rick Owens - Spring 2011 - Review

Now here is an avant-garde collection if I've ever seen one. For spring 2011, Rick Owens has lightening up his approach to layering only somewhat, continuing to drape his man in layers of shirts and baggy pants under oversized coats. Tall boots accompany the majority of the looks, as well as wooden bangles, both hinting at a tribal influence (though one would never know it from the black, white, and brown color palette Mr. Owens employs for 100% of the collection).

Mr. Owens supplies great outerwear, as always, in the form of leather jackets and vests, as well as knee length short sleeved car coats. While all of the leather is covetable, I'm not sure I see a market for lengthy coats in the spring and summer, especially in jet black and white. This is also true for the awkward one shoulder tank tops and large leather sheets rapped around the models legs (though I doubt those will even be for sale), but at the end of the day, it has never been Mr. Owens' goal to sell clothing, despite the fact that his collection sells very well at the high end department store likes of Barneys New York.

At the end of the show a gaggle of models invaded the runway in sheer draped tees and tanks, drop crotch pants and shorts (the shorts which I did think created an interesting silhouette), and, again, tall boots. Looking like a strange group of gothic Tarzans, Mr. Owen's concluded his show by catapulting us into another world one again.

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