Designer Spotlight: Rick Owens

“elegance tinged with the barbaric”

Rick Owens is best known for his washed leather jackets: the iconic style features angular flaps, an asymmetrical zip with leather that clings to the body like a second skin. Brutalist architecture is an obvious inspiration in Owen’s collections and can be seen in his choice in dark, dusty color palette and the leather jackets and threadbare jersey pieces.

Owens, the long-haired tattooed designer recognized for his spectacular and often controversial runway shows, began his foray into fashion design in 1994. In 2002, he was flung into the fashion elites’ spotlight with one iconic image: Kate Moss photographed by Corrine Day in his iconic leather jacket; catching the eye of Anna Wintour. With the funds gained from this image, he was able to throw his first menswear show at New York Fashion Week.  

In 2006, three years after moving his collections to Paris, Owens opened his first boutique and introduced the world to his three secondary lines: Rick Owens Lilies, DRKSHDW and Palais Royale, a fur line run by his wife and muse, Michele Lamy. He has since become a fashion sensation, throwing elaborate and often shocking runway shows and featuring models that stray from conventional standards of beauty.

The Women’s Shop has recently welcomed Rick back from a short hiatus and brought on Rick Owens Lilies, a collection of beautifully draped separates, and DRKSHDW, a pared down collection of basics.  

Some of our current favorite pieces are the Tusk coat in dirty green, the Limo dress in Dust and the Cropped Leather Biker Jacket in black. Shop these pieces and more in-store now.