Rick Owens FW 19 Larry / by Jon Apolonio

Photo by Vogue

Photo by Vogue

Photo by Vogue

Photo by Vogue

Photo by Vogue

Photo by Vogue


This was Glam Rick. Or, as Rick Owens puts it, a collection about “the glory of lust and vice.” This collection was also in the work of two designers. For the past several years Rick himself has been writing a book dedicated to Larry LeGaspi. In Larry’s eyes his inspiration comes from the silver and black sleezy 70’s a combination of Art Deco and campy sci fi. I feel that Larry paved the way in Avant Garde fashion and Rick Owens showed us the destination. Whether it be platform shoes or some thigh high boots Rick Owens has really taken influence from Larry LeGaspi on his previous designs for artists in the 70s. The absurd amounts of red is something you normally do not see within a Rick Owens collection but after reading what the collection was about it made more sense to me.

My personal thoughts on this collection is that i felt that Rick mixed his FW 17 collection and his FW 18 collection together. They’re some pieces within the show that I don’t see reference from other shows which I think is always good. But I love the fact that Rick included heels and platform shoes. Too me I think that it adds another perspective to Ricks creativity and his thought process. The way that he thinks about the silhouette of the garment rather than how the garment fits on the body is main reason why Rick Owens is one of my favourite designers.

Over this past year i’ve joined the cult of Rick Owens also known as the Dark Lord because it has been a big influence to me and what I want to do with my future. Referring back to before the way that Rick doesn’t follow current fashion trends and truly focuses on the silhouette of the garment rather the silhouette of how it is going to fit on body. Having different symmetry and geometry have been very intriguing to me and seeing every Rick Owens collection buying different from the previous one has really made me think about what I want to do with my own brand and collections.