Rick Owens Wants Us All To Cheer The Fuck Up

by MR Magazine Staff

“I’ve been moving towards glam,” Rick Owens explains at the launch of his second collaboration with Birkenstock, “it could be down to a begrudging optimism because I’ve been dour about cultural and natural decline. It’s time to cheer the fuck up!” While forcing the frow to choke on coloured smoke plumes as he sent out his parade of otherworldly sculptural sportswear before asking his all-powerful women, dressed in survival-wear, to put a torch to the world for spring/summer 19, his recent shows have been anger-fuelled acts of creative resistance in response to the sociopolitical shitstorm that we’re living through today. Now, with the world on fire, the California-born, Paris-based, forever independent design force has turned to the optimism found in glamour and comfort. Fresh from honouring the glam-rock glory of lust and vice in the story of Larry LeGaspi — the visionary mind behind the iconic looks of Labelle, Kiss, Grace Jones and Divine — Owens has added architectural glamour to the ultimate comfort footwear, Birkenstock sandals. Read more at i-D.