20 November 2017

10 Quotes That Prove Rick Owens is a Creative Genius

Limboing under the rules and dodging convention like bullets, Rick Owens’ work marries the eerie and the esoteric without compromise. The Californian is the perfect example of a designer who has formed an aesthetic so distinct, that it can be identified as his without so much as a second look. Building a brand and executing his vision with the freedom of independence, he has created a world that combines gothicism and grace.

In honour of his birthday, I rummaged through the Another Man and AnOther archives to present a conglomeration of humour, hard work and humility that demonstrates the designer’s creative brilliance.

“Clothes are about aspiration. If I can make weirdness aspirational, I will have done what I set out to do – to expand a somewhat strict set of accepted aesthetic rules.” 
Another Man A/W17

“The horse fucking and fist-fucking videos? I don’t think Carolina Herrera has those on her résumé.” 
AnOther Magazine A/W17

“My aesthetic is a very simple recipe – a black and white, Art Deco, Cecil B DeMille lurid Bible Epic.” 
Another Man A/W17

“I love that I have all these straight guys buying my clothes who would have kicked my ass in high school.” 
AnOther Magazine A/W17

“I can’t really think of anything more subversive in men’s dress at the moment than heels; people get weird in the street when you wear heels… In short they make you feel like Gene Simmons as you walk to the grocery store.” 
AnOther Magazine A/W14

“I am fed up with stuff that isn’t perfect. Affecting casualness is every bit as precious as being precious and I am going to be as refined and elegant as I can.”
AnOther Magazine S/S16

“If I had to explain myself every day it would kill me; my work is a conversation I’m having with the world.”
AnOther Magazine S/S14

“I plan to lose touch with reality. And the more I lose touch with reality, the better I’ll get… I think.”
AnOther Magazine S/S16

“I have been very self-destructive and self-critical but I learnt how to accept a lot of my faults and flaws and not make such a big deal about it. Just to get over myself.”
AnOther Magazine A/W17

“I think that for everybody, the main thing in life is to be listened to. To be listened to by someone who loves you, to be listened to by a lover, to be listened to by children who you want to teach. You want to express yourself and for people to respond.”
AnOther Magazine S/S14

Read the piee on Another Man here.