Chat in all caps with Rick Owens
Rick Owens presented his fall 2022 menswear collection in Paris yesterday, and it will literally light up your life. Shown in the dark basement of the Palais de Tokyo, it was a powerful sensory experience: strobe lights flashing, a Sisters of Mercy soundtrack blared, and several models wearing towering Dan Flavin-style fluorescent light sculptures as of crowns.
Since I’m not in Paris this season to hang out backstage after the show, Rick agreed to a little email exchange about the collection and his “GLAMSLEAZY LIGHT SEEKERS” which epitomize his desire to indulge himself. As he said, “CLOTHES SAY” IF EXPANSION CLOTHING IS POSSIBLE, MAYBE EXPANSION THOUGHT IS POSSIBLE…. ““Read our exchange and see images from her gnarly collection below.
RICK, I WRITE TO YOU IN NATIONAL CAPS.
THANK YOU! I MEAN IT AS JOYFUL PROCLAIMS NOT SCREAMS*
WHAT SHOW. YOU’RE BACK AT PALAIS DE TOKYO FOR MEN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE FALL 2020 COLLECTION. HOW DO YOU FEEL?
I LOVE IT – THIS ART DECO FORTRESS OF VALHALLA IN CRUMBLEMENT IS MY FAVORITE PLACE IN PARIS AND BEING ABLE TO INSTALL MY WORK IN MANY CORNERS OF IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREATEST PRIVILEGES OF MY LIFE.
YOUR “GLAMSLEAZY LIGHTSEEKERS” WERE WEARING THESE AMAZING HELMETS MADE OF FLUORESCENT BULBS. DID THEY PLUG IN WITH BATTERY PACKS? ARE THEY LIGHT, OR IS IT A “HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN” SITUATION?
THEY ARE PLUG INTO BATTERY PACKS FOR CARRY ON MODELS, BUT THESE HEADPHONES WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE TO PLUG INTO THE WALL – THEY ARE SELF-CONTAINED LIKE LAMPS.
IT REMINDED ME: FOR YOUR JUNE SHOW, YOUR MODELS WERE PERSONAL FOG MACHINES. DO YOU THINK HUMANS ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING THEIR OWN ENERGY OR ARE WE CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR EXTERNAL SOURCES THAT GIVE US ENERGY?
LIFE IS ABOUT COMMUNICATION AND PARTICIPATION – THE IDEAL SCENARIO WOULD BE TO BREATHE IN POSITIVE ENERGY AND EXHALE POSITIVE ENERGY TO MOVE FORWARD AND PRODUCE MORE THAN WE CONSUME…..I’M STILL WORKING ON THIS….
YOU STARTED MAKING COATS WITH HUGE SHOULDERS A FEW SEASONS AGO AND THEY KEEP GETTING BIGGER. THEY ARE A SIGNATURE NOW! HOW DID YOU CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THEIR SHAPE AND VOLUME? DO YOU HIGHLIGHT DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF OUTERWEAR DEPENDING ON YOUR MOOD?
THE WORLD CAN BE CLUTTER AND LOCKED DOWN – THE DARK AND STUNNING TAILORING IS A REST TO MY EYES – A SENSE OF CONSIDERED RESTRAINT AND FORMALITY – WITH A WINK TO THE GROTESQUE…
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