70-72 Wooster St, SoHo /
until Oct 26
Casting a Dark Shadow
Rick Owens' DRKSHDW
Ever since Kate Moss graced the glossy pages of Vogue Paris in one of his signature distressed leather jackets, American designer Rick Owens has attracted a fashion au fait following the world over, despite being firmly rooted in his adopted home of Paris. But in a bid to shake up New York fashionistas after a five year personal absence, Owens has launched a temporary SoHo store showcasing his lesser-known diffusion line DRKSHDW. An acronymic mouthful maybe, until you realise this is vowelless shorthand for ‘dark shadow’, while nary a whisper of the words ‘pop-up’ should follow as Owens states a staunch preference for the French term ‘éphémère’.
This secondary line – more casual and moderately priced than Owens’ main label – is a his-and-hers collection of characteristic cuts in denim and knits, such as hoodies with slanted zips, low-slung trousers, denim jackets, as well as high-top shoes and wide-brim caps.
Prices range from around US$300 for a t-shirt to US$1,900 for a coat, and dark shadows they certainly are, coming predominantly in shades of grey and black. Owens describes the line as ‘workers’ uniforms from an Art Deco prison’, but don’t let the sombre palette perturb you, after all autumn is nigh and black is the new black, darling!