Rick Owens: Fallen Angels


A look at the upcoming SS12 collection where Rick Owens described his models as “electrocuted martyrs” walking through a wall of white light as a “gateway to heaven.” Style.com insisted on the religious connotations that the man designed within his clothing lines for the past few seasons, which frankly, I don’t agree with. Sure, superficially there are resemblances, from the hooded cape to the long dark gowns, but why can’t we just leave religion out? I don’t appreciate being called a “futuristic nun” and neither do I think my avant-garde fashionista friends will either, not that we care deep down… People need to stop over-analyzing things, just because the man said “martyrs,” it doesn’t mean that all his collections in the past were religiously associated.

Anyhow, I did not really like SS12’s clothing in general. I felt that the structure of the clothing overshadowed the shape, form, and fluidity of the lines, for which RO is so well known. There was definitely an exaggerated emphasis on clothing architecture which I suppose is what the designer is into these days since he’s starting out a new furniture collection. I do want to commend his use of color for the first time: orange!!! Of all the colors, I think I would have never guessed it, but that’s what I love about RO as well is that he’s absolutely unpredictable! There’s this sense of wildness that’s so well controlled and balanced – a kind of chaos contained within his clothes seeping through the raw and dark edges of every masterpiece. Here are a couple of my favorites:


As we look back on FW11, these 3 were my favorite looks. I loved the gloves, the boots, and I can’t imagine what the fur must feel like… Gorgeously understated elegance.


Lastly, I loved the FW11 jackets! As always, large shoulder lapels, luxurious lambskin leather, and soft shearling lining, but more shapely wings and definition around the waist. With the Net-à-Porter 50% Off Secret Sale for specific items, I was able to score the jacket of my dreams this season! I will soon reveal my third Rick Owens product once I receive the package! I will let you guess which one I conquered 😀

Pictures from Net-a-Porter and Neiman Marcus

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