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Rick Owens Explores his Familial Roots with "Tecuatl"

2 December 2019

An homage to his Mother, Rick Owens' latest collection sees the Californian designer trace his Mexican heritage.

Exploring his Mexican heritage for the first time, the latest collection from the maestro of darkness, Rick Owens, takes its title from his mother's maiden name - "Tecuatl". An ode to his Puebla and Mixtec lineage, Owens' garments offer an abstracted homage to his Mother, the history of Mexico and the land of the Californian designer's forefathers.

Embroiled in the enigmatic avant-garde spirit that has made Rick Owens an icon since the brand debuted in 1994, "Tecuatl" captures the blend of street-ready aesthetics and neo-Gothic spirit that Owens delivers plentifully. A stickler for his well established design codes, Owens envisages a world of texture and form, offering an architectural perspective on garment design.

Brimming with harsh lines and a geometrical sense of construction, the Paris-based designer confronts with his dedication to a singular aesthetic vision. Owens' signature dropped crotches, elongated yet slim fitting t-shirts and extended drawstrings continue his instantly recognisable style, while collarless vacation shirts and a technical zip-up outershirt invite new perspectives into the fold. Infused with a touch of sportswear influences, technical outerwear bridges the gap between form and function, presenting a garment that offers both an unmistakable look and practicality.

A bastion of dark romance and harsh beauty, Rick Owens' label continues to develop its groundbreaking visual style, while retaining the elements of the brand's core identity. An exemplary offering and a heartfelt homage to his mother and her heritage, Owens continues to entwine the personal and public in a manner that feels wholly natural.

Rick Owens' SS20 collection, "Tecuatl", is available online now at END.

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