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Godfather of Gothic-Chic

December 21, 2015

Rick Owens


If you thought that the godfather of gothic-chic and frivolous ribbons might never occupy the same sentence space, then think again. For Rick Owens – whose career kicked off right here in LA – has opened his first ever Hollywood store in the site of a former 1920s fabric-streamer factory.


An angular ode to concrete and filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, the 450-sq-m space was imagined with the help of the designer’s architectural counterpart and long-time collaborator Anna Tumaini. The interior features Owens’ signature ‘fog wall’, from which a mystical mist billows every five minutes or so, as well as an abstraction of that typical Tinseltown accoutrement, the swimming pool, in the centre of the shop.


Inasmuch as the boutique itself is something quite beautiful to behold, it is also an aesthetic extension of the habiliments it houses.


Brutalist, monochromatic and gender fluid, the current collections follow the dictums common to the California-born creator. For Autumn/Winter 2015, both men and women’s garms fuse leather and woolen outerwear with sci-fi-inspired tunics, structured geometric patterns and playful proportions – all merged with Owens’ trademark draping.

If you were looking for a getup worthy of the upcoming Star Wars premiere, you need look no further.


819 N La Brea Ave / West Hollywood / +1 323 931 4960 / 11am-7pm Mon-Fri, noon-7pm Sat, noon-6pm Sun /