Rick Owens Sustains His Title As The Lord Of Darkness With Goth-Victorian Mashup
Suppressing sensuality to provoke sensuality.
The gothic master of fashion successfully made us fall in love with black all over again by presenting yet another sea of dark clothing at PFW, with the fulcrum of the storyline attempting to capture a sense of modesty for the cultural practice of the British Queens’ 19th-century reign was rooted in keeping one’s sexuality at bay through covered up ensembles.
The irony of it all, which Rick Owens tends to evoke from his audience through his concepts is that his loyal runway trooper Tyrone Dylan opened the PFW show by charging out wearing nothing more than a dramatic cape and elastic waist pants with his shredded Greek God body exposed for every eye to behold.
Following the first gothic soldier’s hammering strut (thanks to Rick Owen’s newly designed platform knee-high leather boots) was an array of troops contained in sportswear-like garments.
The FW23 presentation allowed us to witness bomber vests and jackets with broad and cow-hide shoulders, I-shirts and stuffed puffers with paneled geometry, and voluminous Avant-Garde statements. All paired with flat Mormon skirts and shredded denim bottoms that met the boots in the middle.
While the styling and techniques were for the purpose of rejecting any sensual thoughts, one can’t help but naturally earn to see more skin when viewing swallowing layers. An accomplished tactic of reverse psychology on Owen’s part.
Despite the designer’s tight personal grip on black, the FW23 runway was also graced by notes of eggplant, lavender, brown, and swampy green, all cohesively relaying the premise of keeping our bodily desires dormant. But there were exceptions of naked chests in blazer looks somewhere near the end to let the audience, and some of the models take a breath.
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