Rick Owens

The master of luxurious grunge needs no introduction. A rarity in that he is an American designer who conquered and seduced Paris, there is only one designer to create the ultimate leather jacket. Butter-soft, distressed and refreshingly unstructured, his jackets, often fitted with jersey or wool panels for extra fluidity, adhere to a palette of inky-black & thundercloud tones. Looking beyond the jackets, Owens is no one trick pony; his softly draped jersey t-shirts and structured trousers have garnered a truly cult following from his 2002 debut.


October 8th 2015

Rick Owens Opens Los Angeles Store

As previously mentioned on the 4 blog, Rick Owens has returned to his roots and opened his first store in Los Angeles. He has worked with architect Anna Tumaini to design the 450 square meter store which features high ceilings, a fog machine and a floor-to-ceiling tank swimming pool. Rick owens is exclusive to 4. Shop the mens &…

October 5th 2015

Rick Owens Presents Cyclops Spring Summer 2016 Collection

Rick Owens payed homage to Leigh Bowery, a clear reference to the late Australian’s birthing outfit, at his Paris runway show last week. Beginning innocently enough — for a Rick Owens show, at least — with a model in black underwear plainly visible beneath an open sleeveless coat. Then came the first of many models who…

July 15th 2015

Rick Owens x Adidas Spring Summer 2016

Rick Owens has once again partnered with adidas to present two new silhouettes and give his iconic Runner a makeover. The two new models, the Cargo Sandals and Clog, are based on the ubiquitous Runner. The former imagines the Runner as a futuristic military-infused sportswear sandal, focused on masculinity and practicality, while the latter features a gladiator-style design. Both are…

January 29th 2015

Rick Owens Autumn Winter 2015 Collection

Rick Owens’ controversial AW15 collection at Paris Fashion Week saw penis-flashing tunics and peephole flaps in an otherwise monastic line of capes, robes and pea coats. The designer has faced criticism from some quarters but remains unmoved, “I pass classical marble statues of nude and draped figures in the park every day, and they are a vision of sensuality…

November 14th 2014

At Home With Rick Owens: A First Look at His New Furniture Designs

Rick Owens started making furniture for his home in 2007 and decided to present the pieces as part of a collection in Paris soon after. Today in New York, several of his newer pieces will be on display as a part of the third annual Salon: Art + Design fair (the sister fair to the…

October 16th 2014

Rick Owens Speaks About His Design Process

Rick Owens has spoken about his design methods, revealing that he has never sketched one of his designs. “I just work from images of things on a mannequin and I’m looking at proportions and then I print them out and cut them up and re-proportion them and add lines,” Owens explained, adding that while sketches “are…

September 2nd 2014

Rick Owens: 'Most people take my clothes more seriously than I do'

Rick Owens will be having a 25ft statue of himself suspended over Oxford Street, London throughout September. Designed by Douglas Jennings, the sculpture will adorn the facade of the retailer Selfridges and further enhances Owens’ prominence within the fashion world. Modestly, Owens characterises his success as being achieved through repetition and consistency: “you say something…

November 19th 2013

Breaking the Rules With Rick Owens

Owens’ visceral celebration of girl power at this year’s Paris Fashion Week was an orchestrated hit though the designer admits he feared the show could “come off as a stunt.” In particular, he had trepidations about members of the four step teams using “grit face” expressions, and was adamant that the dancers only scowl if…

October 31st 2011

Rick Owens About Fashion And Its Connection To Contemporary Creativity

Rick Owens is famed for his artistic take on dressing, his avant-garde eye and his daring designs. Iconic in the fashion field, he also creates furniture and works intensely in connecting clothes with a deeper metaphysical and creative experience. In 2007, he was awarded the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. A monograph about his work has…

October 11th 2011

Rick Owens Spring Summer 2012 Womenswear

Reminiscent of a frosty spring morning, Rick Owens’ almost entirely black and white spring collection emerged through a misty fog. These were stand-out, high-concept clothes destined to be worn by the designer’s die-hards or monied goths of Tokyo’s Ginza district. Pairing subdued yet modern ensembles with space-like platform heels, Owens gave a nod to the…

July 12th 2011

Rick Owens Interviewing Kris Van Assche

The story of Belgian designer Kris Van Assche, in the most obvious way, is defined by the story of his former boss, Hedi Slimane. When Slimane decamped to head up meanswear at Dior, Van Assche followed, before leaving Dior in 2004 to start his own label. But after Slimane’s run at Dior came to an…

June 3rd 2011

Rick Owens, Shinsa-Dong, Seoul, South Korea

Here’s a selection of images of the Rick Owens shop in Shinsa-Dong, Seoul, South Korea. While parents have been admiring and consuming corporate French and Italian fashion houses for decades, it seems the youth are obsessed with the unreadable. They include shadows and smokes; they are playful with the body while respecting and honoring its…

April 4th 2011

Rick Owens Spring Summer 2011 Collection

She writhes, vamps, bewitches… She is cocooned in Rick Owen’s Spring Summer 2011 collection called ‘Anthem’. Anthem from on Vimeo. This Film was created by David Fischer. Rick Owens is exclusive to 4. The Spring Summer collection is currently in store. Read the original blog post here on Hint.

April 4th 2011

The Tribes Of Vivienne Westwood, Ann Demeulemeester And Rick Owens

One of the fundamental effects that clothing has is to identify and categorise people in the minds of everyone else around them. It serves as one of our basic ways of aligning ourselves with others, a way of belonging to a certain tribe. While some designers tend to beat to the drum of being on-trend,…

March 31st 2011

Gareth Pugh On Rick Owens

Here are some excerpts from a Gareth Pugh interview in Vice’s Annual Fashion Issue on Rick Owens that we found interesting… GP: “I don’t really have a cultish group of people into my stuff the way Rick does. He takes something and rips it apart. He’s more dragged through a hedge, and I like polishing…

March 24th 2011

Rick Owens Aumumn/Winter 2011, Paris

Rick Owens specializes in clothes for the gothic nomad and this season was no exception; all manner of capes, hoods, furs and of course leathers were all on display. Owens offered up something slinky, by way of sleek leather skirts and a series of form fitting black dresses toughened up with those aforementioned boots. On…

March 17th 2011

The Most Action-Packed Fashion Week In History

Fall 2011 may have been the most action-packed Fashion Week in the history of action-packed Fashion Weeks: So says Hint Mag. Why? Dominatrix Effect: for fall several designers dove headfirst into the dungeon, sending out a seemingly endless parade of fashion dominatrixes outfitted for every taste imaginable. These ranged from Maison Martin Margiela’s intellectual doms,…

February 25th 2011

Christeene Chez Francoise Via Rick Owens

Earlier this month but on the very day we discovered Christeene and her raunch-tastic, smeared-lip, gold-toof, backroom-dirty, brown-bustin’ abomination pop, we got an invite from Rick Owens to see her live in her first Paris show. We can’t even tell you how tempted we were to blow off New York Fashion Week for a night…

January 31st 2011

Backstage At Rick Owens

Check out these shots from the backstage area of the recent Rick Owens  Men’s show. Sonny Vandevelde is a master at catching these different impressions from behind the scenes. Rick Owens is exclusive to 4. Images via ASVOF.

December 21st 2010

Rick Owens SS11 Paris

Rick Owens let rip the elegance at the core of his underground muse by toning down his aggro-dark effects and embracing a new serenity at his Paris womenswear show in October. It made for his most brilliant collection in seasons. The procession was led by romantic heroines in graceful floor-sweeping dresses often paired with cutaway…

August 18th 2010

032c Interviews Rick Owens

Among other topics, writer and curator of 032c magazine, Carson Chan talks to Rick Owens about his intersecting interests in fashion and design, and how his creative process cuts across both disciplines. Just two days after the presentation of his fall 2010 collection in Paris this March, Chan met with designer for a conversation that…

July 19th 2010

Rick Owens Turbo Wedges

Fashion marches on, and in a season that tirelessly explored military themes, Rick Owens has just the footwear for fall. In fact, he said of the show that he could see how people will think of it as an army, which makes these Turbo wedge booties in oiled calfskin, with a rounded toe and an…

July 7th 2010

Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Collection

As his army of models stormed the runway at the finale in sheer tank tops (some one-shoulder), with a nimbus of smoke exploding through the darkened room, Rick Owens’ vision was never stronger, or his confidence more defiant. The fast-paced show further explored, in a more aggressive vein, themes the designer has recently been working…

June 18th 2010

Rick Owens Wakes Up New York

The city that never sleeps recently had a spring awakening. Rick Owens was in New York City with Michele Lamy to show off their phenomenal new bedroom set: an alabaster bed, an alabaster daybed, two bronze side tables, a fur fringe room divider and two stone lamps. A truly rare occasion that the two are the…

May 25th 2010

Kobe Bryant is 'White Hot' for the LA Times

We were certainly surprised to see these images making their way online this week… LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant looks a little out of his depth wearing a selection of 4 favourites Damir Doma, Kriss Van Assche, Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens in a shoot for the LA Times. We’re not entirely convinced of the pairing but…

May 4th 2010

'To Pop A Boner' by Rick Owens, Berlin

In Berlin, where artists outnumber civilians two to one, Gallery Weekend is a big deal. Over this past weekend, forty of the city’s hottest galleries joined forces for a non-stop marathon of openings and related festivities that amount to an early Oktoberfest for the art set. For its part, vanguard boutique Apartment – which sometimes…

April 9th 2010

A Round-Up of Autumn/Winter 2010/11

AW2010/2011 presentations are over of course but courtesy of ‘Business of Fashion’, let’s take a look at some of the defining moments of the season… The Late Alexander McQueen The biggest news, of course, was the tragic passing of fashion icon Alexander McQueen, who’s death left a gaping hole in the industry. Whilst the future of his brand remained uncertain, the industry…

March 29th 2010

Rick Owens by Sharif Hamza

Director Sharif Hamza offers his cinematographic take on the designer’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection with this haunting video. Rick Owens is exclusively stocked in 4, Kuwait.   For the full blog post see:

October 23rd 2009

Rick Owens SS10

“This season I thought it was time to lighten up… My approach to pretty.” -  Rick Owens’ take on the reason behind his SS10 collection. From the video below filmed this season in Paris, you can see how the ‘King of monochrome’ has softened his style but his trademark remains through asymmetric, biker jackets and…

August 17th 2009

Rick Owens SS10

Calling all Rick Owens fans! We like to stay ahead of the game on the trend stakes at 4. Here’s the inside scoop on what’s hot for next year… On Rick’s runway, it was all about embracing a dark sultry vibe. Keep it crisp with plenty of clean lines and contrasting textures. Those high top leather boots (pictured…