Rick Owens SS20 Pays Homage to the Designer's Past

Rick Owens SS20 Pays Homage to the Designer's Past

The confrontational Designer celebrates his heritage in response to today's political climate.

The confrontational Designer celebrates his heritage in response to today's political climate.

Text: Paul Madley

Rick Owens is known for doing ‘it’ on his own terms; he’s been disrupting the status quo of men's fashion since 1994. He creates clothes that he wants to wear and shares that vision with an army of hungry cult-like following. This collection was named ‘Tecuatl’ after Owen’s grandmother, and it's a reaction to the political uncertainty between the US and Mexico.

The show took place at Paris' Palais de Tokyo and featured artwork by British born artist Thomas Houseago. A sculpture by Houseago was positioned at the center of the runway and clay from his studio was spread across the courtyard.

Owens took inspiration from his childhood, with references to his mom and dad, family holidays and his cultural heritage. “To be able to mix modernism and Mexico is the direction I wanted to go toward. I remember my mom and all the sequined outfits, and we translated some of those designs into geometric motifs,” said Owens to WWD.

The clothes exhibited Owens' usual design themes: club culture and fetishism, pant legs were wrapped in shoe laces and leather was shown in jackets, coats and blazers. Some coats were presented with oversized exaggerated pockets, tied at the waist.

Among the usual black and white staples, Owen showed iridescent pieces, but standout moments came from gold sequins and a white snakeskin suit.

He also offered options with pants, from rocker-chic tight and restricted to baggy and wide. Shorts featured along with mesh tops, which added a sporty element. Owens showed boiler suits, some just worn to the waist with a deep V-neck tee.

Many pieces featured Aztec-inspired hieroglyphic logos and Owens even debuted a collaboration with Champion. “I remember my cousins wearing Champion tees and shorts when we used to go visit family in Mexico in the seventies,” said Owens. “Here, I’ve turned those sports clothes into togas, loincloths, and briefs.”

Looks were complete with sandals, sneakers, and platform boots.

You can view the best looks below.

Credits: Photos courtesy of Vogue Runway

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