Known in the fashion circles as “The Lord of Darkness”, Rick Owens certainly lived up to the moniker when he debuted his SS24 collection for his label this week.
Known for his all-black collections, he chose to showcase his most recent capsule in the Palais de Tokyo’s outdoor gardens in the French capital.
The poetic somewhat stoic show notes for the capsule read “joy [is] a moral obligation…with our world conditions under increasing threat, jubilance seems like the wrong note but maybe it’s the only correct moral response? Beyond being nice to each other, isn’t personal joy what we are put on earth to do? How one handles adversity is what defines one’s character.”
Out then marched long, cinched silhouettes dressed in Owens’ signature noir colour palette.
There was a mix of sheer silk, monastic hoods and leather vests throughout the collection.
The only hues other than black in the show, were the colours of the French flag: red, white and blue which sent up colour over the show, before – in keeping with the mood of the collection – settling ash and smoke on the FROW below.
Rebellion, beauty and the moral obligation of joy. As always, Owens brought a show to fashion week like no other.