Rick Owens is the fashion designer who is credited with bringing Gothic Minimalism to life. His moody, toned, draped and deconstructed designs, which include asymmetrical dresses and fitted jackets have drawn a lot of attention from the fashion community as well as earning him loyal fans like Courtney Love and Madonna.
After making a name for himself as an indie designer in Los Angeles for a number of years, Owens moved to Paris in 2003. There, he oversees his own namesake line, which is now manufactured out of Italy, and serves as Artistic Director of Revillon, the infamous luxury furrier that was founded in 1723. Despite his move across the pond, Owens’ own line remains true to his aesthetic: minimalist palettes and striking structure.
Though his designs are often labeled goth by the press, the designer deems himself more of a “drama queen.” He says, “My look is about an appreciation of teenage angst without actually having the angst.” Over the years his collections have been described as glamour-meets-grunge with fitted jackets and soft, slouchy knits (the only obvious hint that the designer is from Cali).
Though his more recent collections have been a little more structured, he still strays away from being conceptual staying true to his rock-and-roll roots.