Rick Owens

Established in 1994, Rick Owens began as a womenswear brand, launching menswear in 2002. Born in California though now based in Paris, Rick Owens is known for his punk-inspired designs with an avant-garde appeal, which have been adored by high-profile celebrities such as A$AP Rocky, Justin Bieber and Kylie Jenner. 

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The eponymous designer is often referred to as the ‘Lord of Darkness’ for the brand’s grungy aesthetic and signature dark colour palette. Known for almost exclusively using black throughout collections, Rick Owens merges gothic sensibilities with a couture-like refinement. Sharp tailoring, sculptural draping and distressed details are signature to the label, resulting in moody yet high-fashion designs. Mesh detail blazers, mystical gowns and dramatic, oversize puffer jackets meet leather shorts and signature show-stopping platform boots. 

Rick Owens is renowned for his numerous collaborations with Adidas, merging the brand’s dark style with sportswear influences to create highly anticipated sneaker collections again and again. Other recent projects also involve footwear designs, resulting in Rick Owens x Birkenstock and Rick Owens X Dr. Martens. Both collaborations see unexpected shapes, black colour schemes and unique outcomes, allowing a punk edge to be added to any outfit. 

With stores found across the world, from Paris to Miami to Hong Kong, collections from Rick Owens can also be accessed online, via stockists such as Farfetch, Matches Fashion and My Theresa.