The lord of darkness in the fashion world, Rick Owens, returned to Paris Fashion Week to unveil his Spring/Summer 2024 womenswear collection, and as expected, it was a spectacle that left a lasting impression. The customary stage at Palais de Tokyo was shrouded in tinted fog, immersing front-row attendees in a neon dreamscape of pink and yellow hues.
The anticipation for Owens’ show was palpable, with Rick’s devoted followers, often referred to as “Rick soldiers,” storming the museum’s outdoor gardens in anticipation of the big day. What awaited them was the designer’s “LIDO” collection, a bold and daring exploration of leather-dominated silhouettes. Owens drew inspiration from the Icelandic artist Björk, interpreting her vision of everyday joy through his unique lens.
For SS24, Rick Owens played with unconventional figures, creating a runway filled with an eerie and demonic presence. Models with blackened eyes strutted down the catwalk, their identities veiled in mystery. Owens’ signature pointed shoulders made a statement, adorning cropped motorcycle jackets and exaggerated vests. Dark brides emerged, their enigmatic allure enhanced by veils. Cylinder-shaped garments took center stage, embracing a larger-than-life futurism. Lattice-like embellishments adorned dramatic outerwear and leather bottoms, adding a touch of intrigue to every look.
Silk ensembles billowed in the afternoon breeze, exuding cinematic flair and featuring heeled versions of last season’s iconic footcast shoes. Amidst the darkness, SS24 also saw the dark lord embrace bold red, burgundy, and pink hues, hinting at the possibility of brighter days ahead.
Rick Owens’ Spring/Summer 2024 collection was a masterful exploration of the dark and enigmatic, demonstrating once again why he is a visionary in the world of fashion. His ability to merge boldness with innovation left the audience captivated, eager to see what dark and cinematic wonders he would conjure next.