Inspiration




rick owens.
from a profile "the new yorker" ran of him in last week's issue: "Owens, a forty-six-year-old bisexual, has become the foremost purveyor of what he calls 'glunge' (grunge plus glamour)....Owens has steadfastly pursued an anti-fashion ethic. His basic look—'drippy' forms in subdued colors—changes little from season to season."
i think the word "glunge" is goofy, but i am entirely on board with the idea and his version of it.
as a fellow native-californian, i love that the west coast value of ease and comfort runs deep through him, but he reinterprets it (mercifully, to my eyes) as something elegant and dark and rebellious and complicated. as a designer, a design architect, i think he's brilliant. as an individual, i thoroughly admire his personal style.

12 comments:

fashionaddict said...

YES, completely gush-worthy :) You've said it all, so I don't need to add on...

a. said...

i love him too! although i did like his last collection (i think it was his last - the super-stripey one - i actually gasped over the pictures at first) a bit more than the current one. and i am secretly proud of him as a (southern!) californian. (and jealous that he lives in paris too i must admit...)

i also love it when the new yorker does fashion profiles. i will have to go hunt it down...

landis smithers said...

are you kidding me?

are you KIDDING ME?

i adore this man. i want this man's wardrobe, his models, and his FURS. have you SEEN the fur? i mean, i wet myself over the fall runway.

though his tees are now officially in the "don't buy / don't think / don't even touch" category of cost, i treasure the two i do own.

and, if you see one of my posts this week, i even snuck a covert pic of his new display at barney's in there. i think there's a yellow dress with your name on it . . .

"glunge". ha.

Iheartfashion said...

Amen!
I loved the New Yorker profile too. What an interesting guy, in addition to making some of the most lust-worthy, yet comfortable clothes on the runway.

enc said...

The word "glunge" doesn't exactly trip off the tongue but it is accurate.

I like his vision, and though I don't care for the business-speak expression "He takes it to the next level," I'll use it here. He takes the look to the next level; he elevates it past the teenagers-shopping-in-the-thriftstore look, and adds a large dose of brilliance (your word).

editor said...

landis - it was very hard for me not to post a picture of his furs. they are completely gorgeous. i'm a leather-loving hypocrite who is uncomfortable about fur, entirely opposed to it, so i did not post the picture. my question to you is, what about his furniture line?

Nancy said...

I did a search for his furniture line, but didn't come up with much. Has it not come out yet?

There is an interview with him, with pictures of his own house:

http://www.papermag.com/?section=article&parid=1548&page=2

I love his aesthetic. It is the opposite of what my house looks like, but so much the same in its organization. Very cool!

K.Line said...

Must spout the party line. There's nothing I don't love about this guy (but his made up vocab). K

landis smithers said...

i've only seen three pieces of his furniture, and i'm lukewarm. it felt a bit donald judd, a bit goth, and a bit "i'm making it up as i go along".

would love to see it in person.

you?

coco said...

I love what you have said about him
I agree with it all

enc said...

Sorry, I didn't mean to eavesdrop on you and Landis Smithers, but I heard you talking about Rick Owens furniture, so I did a search. Were those moose antlers I saw on chairs? Just checking.

dreamecho said...

most people's posts dedicated to designers or collections are typically rehashings of the same old descriptions, but i thought you really brought something new to the table. after reading this, i feel enlightened. great job.