Rick Owens Is My Newest Literary Mentor

I try to make clothes the way Lou Reed does music, with minimal chord changes, and direct. It is sweet but kind of creepy… It’s about an elegance being tinged with a bit of the barbaric.

– Rick Owens

If I could make a book that read like this, I would be so thoroughly happy. I’ve always had a fondness for Rick Owens’ clothing; a skirt of his was one of the first “designer” things I ever bought, and it has lasted nearly ten years and I love it. I dream of owning a jacket of his like this.

One thing I admire beyond the beautiful clothing is how Owens is utterly consistent in his vision: he has a dream and conviction about what clothes should be and do and how they should make people feel, and he sticks to it, no matter what the whims and dictates of the market supposedly require. His craft is unparalleled, as well — it is amazing to me that a range of women of all ages and sensibilities can wear a Rick Owens piece and generally look great. Clarity of vision, purity of craft and an aesthetic that manages to be both incredibly specific yet steathily democratic: those are all wonderful things to aspire to, whether in clothing or stories.

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