Rick Owens Announces LA Book Launch

Rick Owens Announces LA Book Launch

Rick Owens is returning to LA for the first time in forever with a VIP book launch

Rick Owens is returning to LA for the first time in forever with a VIP book launch

Text: Paul Madley

Not content with disrupting the fashion status quo, Rick Owens is now an author and curator. The designer has released two new books, one in collaboration with photographer and friend Danielle Levitt, and the other in homage to his creative hero, Lary Legaspi. Owens will return to LA for an invite-only book signing on November 18.

The first book, RICK OWENS PHOTOGRAPHED BY DANIELLE LEVITT features 150 images of the designer's work. The photographs include exclusive behind the scenes moments as well as magic from the runways. Owens collaborated with Danielle Levitt who spent a decade capturing the images. “Danielle’s imagery has a clear-eyed honesty and tenderness that I want to align myself with and endorse. The way she has captured what I do is exactly how I want it to be remembered,” said Owens. Levitt commented, “The images that I make, I believe, are of the moment where what Rick thinks, feels, and wants to present is actually seen. This is Rick’s entire vision as documented by me. It actually gets me emotional,” she says, “because he gets better every season. How does he do that? I’m an artist, he’s an artist, but his artistry—every time I see it, it’s better. I’m in awe of his level of artistry and focus.”

The second book, “LEGASPI” chronicles the life and creations of the late designer Larry Legaspi. Curated by Owens the book is a tribute to his idol. Huge in the 1970’s Legaspi a New York designer was responsible for some of the most iconic imagery of that era. Legaspi worked with Kiss and Grace Jones, both major inspirations to Owens. Legaspi died of AIDS in 2001 and overtime his legacy has somewhat been forgotten. Owens's new book pays tribute to the designer with contributions from Pat Cleveland and André Leon Talley.

The exclusive book signing will take place at Rick Owens LA boutique on November 18.

RICK OWENS PHOTOGRAPHED BY DANIELLE LEVITT and LEGASPI are published by Rizzoli Books.

Rick Owens LEGASPI
Credits: Photos courtesy of Rick Owens

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