Rizzoli / © Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt by Rick Owens, Rizzoli New York, 2019. Images ©Danielle Levitt

As pieces from his most recent collection continue to emerge online, Rick Owens is emboldening his FW19 offerings with the release of two new hardcover books, published by Rizzoli.

The first is a photographic 200-page tome illustrating the last 10 years of Rick Owens’ oeuvre. Titled RICK OWENS PHOTOGRAPHED BY DANIELLE LEVITT, the book is a must-have for Owens fans, presenting some of his most ambitious and provocative work without interruption or interference.

To capture the form and drapery that feeds into Owens collections, the designer chose New York-based photographer and filmmaker Danielle Levitt, who shot the models and garments against a stark white background.

“Danielle’s imagery has a clear-eyed honesty and tenderness that I want to align myself with and endorse,” says Owens, “the way she has captured what I do is exactly how I want it to be remembered.”

The second book being released today, LEGASPI, details the life of Larry Legaspi, a fashion designer from the ’80s who created looks for some of the most iconic performers of the decade – notably US rock band KISS – and had a profound impact on Owens too.

The FW19 men’s collection was named after and inspired by the rock and roll glamor of Legaspi’s work. Owens describes the book in his own words:

“This book is shamelessly about me. I’ve edited Larry’s work into a composition of the designer I wanted him to be, and the kind of designer I hoped to be. It’s me fetishizing him through a fanboy filter. It’s very much about Art Deco Kabuki meeting black leather, sweaty 1970s NY, and the stomping bombast of KISS, La Belle, and Divine, who he did costumes for. Larry introduced a camp ferocity to the mainstream and helped set a lot of kids like me free. I was given complete access to his partner’s archives and have shot selected pieces in my aesthetic. This is the story of creation and love and loss that helped get me here.”

Legaspi’s world is fleshed out with essays from writer and former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Tally as well as interviews from KISS member Paul Stanley, Singer Patti LaBelle and ’70s supermodel Pat Cleveland.

To celebrate the release, we asked Owens to supply us with a list of his favorite books. Spanning bitchy essays about the nature of art to world-renowned gardening books, the list may inspire you to bring some Owens co-signed titles into your reading rotation.

“I DON’T READ AS MUCH AS I USED TO,” says Owens, in his trademark caps-lock.  “THIS CURRENT PERIOD OF MY LIFE IS MORE ABOUT EXECUTING MY OWN EXPRESSIONS…..BUT WHEN THE TIME COMES I EXPECT READING WILL ONCE AGAIN BECOME ONE OF MY MAIN SOURCES OF COMFORT……..BELOW ARE 5 BOOKS OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD I REMEMBER ENJOYING…..”

Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters by John Richardson

Goodreads

“SALACIOUS ESSAYS ON ART CELEBS LIKE CECIL BEATON, EUGENIA ERRÁZURIZ, SALVADOR DALÍ…..”

Mona Lisa’s Moustache by T.H Robsjohn-Gibbings

Nick Harvill Libraries

“ARTICULATE AND BITCHY OBSERVATIONS ON MODERN ART WRITTEN IN THE 1940S…. ARCH AND ABSURD”

Prince of Aesthetes by Philippe Jullian

Amazon

“BIO OF FRENCH QUEEN ROBERT DE MONTESQUIOU, REAL LIFE INSPIRATION FOR PROUSTS BARON DE CHARLUS AND HUYSMANS JEAN DES EISSANTES….”

D.V. by Diana Vreeland

Amazon

“GIDDY AND GLAM LESSON IN SELF INVENTION AND HIGH ARTIFICE”

Down The Garden Path by Beverly Nichols

Goodreads

“DOWN THE GARDEN PATH, BY BEVERLEY NICHOLS …..FUNNY AS FUCK 1930S GARDENING BOOKS THAT ARE MERINGUE LIGHT 80 PERCENT OF THE TIME AND SURPRISINGLY PROFOUND 10 PERCENT OF THE TIME”

Rick Owens’ new books, published by Rizzoli, are available to buy on the Rick Owens official website

Words by Max Grobe
Associate Fashion Editor
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