Rick Owens’ most recent mainline collection was an anxiety-driven masquerade of clothing that pooled and draped over the runway models. A plethora of pockets, huge hemlines, and a mix of skinny elongated and cropped jackets executed in shearling and thick textures. The inspiration for the collection came from Owens’ inner turmoil with adverse changes to the environment.
As always, DRKSHDW gives us a refined look into the mainline collection. The Fall/Winter 2016 offering sees the return of some classics, in the gimp hoodie, level crewneck, and Detroit jeans. The season’s staple piece is a padded bomber, complete with carrying strap. Owens’ newest iteration of Aircut pants speaks to the main collection, shying away from the ultra-skinny fit.
Check out the video above and photos below for a full look into the latest season. Rick Owens DRKSHDW FW ’16 collection is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more info or to place an order email [email protected] or call (773) 770-666.
Rick Owens grew up in a dusty town in California, where he watched nuns from the local convent drag their robes in the dirt. Since beginning his namesake label in 1994, Rick Owens has taken the inspiration to create his flowing avant-garde fatigues and forged an iconic empire. He has leaped into the stratosphere of the elite and has cemented his place with numerous accolades, including a recent invitation to a state dinner at the White House.
The legend lives and breathes his modus operandi; self-sufficient and rigid. He dropped out of art school to pursue his own interests, designs his own clothes, and creates his own furnishings with his wife, Michele Lamy. Owens does his label’s design work himself, rather than relying on an atelier full of designers, and his showroom and offices are filled with employees draped in Rick Owens, like disciples to the unfaltering king.
For 22 years, he has driven his brand forward with jaunting runway showings and consistent quality. Owens returned with his Spring/Summer ‘16 runway offering, gaining notoriety for the women’s show, where models strapped themselves to one another to present the season’s new line. Both collections bore the title Cyclops. Owens cites the mythical creatures formidability and focused vision, which translates into the forceful and aggressive offerings from the new season. The newest compilation stays true to the label’s avant-garde style with relaxed fits, elongated silhouettes, and muted tones found in a fresh grip of tees, knits, bombers, trousers, and footwear.
The season is highlighted by the Cyclops Level patch tee and crewneck, flaunting stitched graphics, straying from his usual offerings, which are oft void of visuals. Gimp hoodies, flight jackets, trousers, and tanks come in the signature array of colors, reminiscent of the dusty beginnings he has pulled inspiration from throughout his career. Owens continues his relationship with Adidas, offering the staple low-top tech runner, as well as a high-top ankle boot rendition. Rick Owens consistency and quality shine through in his newest ready-to-wear collection and further solidify his place on the throne he has built for himself.
The DRKSHDW collection is available online and in-store at RSVP Gallery. Email [email protected] for more info or call +1(773) 770-6666 for phone orders
When it comes to shorts, we generally put off wearing them until the weather channel declares a heat wave. As opposed to carrying over the pants and jeans you’ve practically lived in for the last three months of winter (feels like six if you live in the Northern Hemisphere), do some spring renewal with this seasonal pants edit.
1.Givenchy Cargo Trousers-Take a utilitarian route in these lightweight 14-pocket trousers. Just make sure you remember which pocket you put your phone in.
4. Band of Outsiders Melting Plaid Sweatpants-The LA label turns their laid-back aesthetic up a notch with this wavy plaid pair of pants inspired by the “idea of a Nixon-era dad barbecuing and taking psychedelics.”
“I like reducing things to what’s essential. I like erasing the unnecessary, doing things shorthand and getting to the point,” says Rick Owens. The minimalistic spirit of the DRKSHDW designer is both an explanation for why his diffusion label name has no vowels, but also what attracts us to the collections time and time again.
Tops with slightly longer hems, shorts that drop just a bit more than expected, macabre patches, and wax coatings are all part of Owens’ minimal rebellious twist on wardrobe staples. While we’ve come to expect Owens’ pallid color palette, the centerpieces amongst this spring collection are the reflective silver flight jacket and high-tops. That being said, DRKSHDW by Rick Owens S/S ’15 will have you standing out day and night.
Photography by Zach Coffman, Anthony Trevino, Will Tran