Rick Owens is an American-born, Paris-based designer whose groundbreaking collections have earned him the nickname The Lord of Darkness. Influencing countless designers, his gothic aesthetic boasts a fashion-sportswear hybrid with gender neutral design in the hottest color of the season…always black. His cult-like status means his designs can be seen everywhere from the racks of obscure boutiques to dressing the hottest names in hip hop, including A$AP Rocky who rapped “Rick Owens usually what I’m dressed in” in his 2011 hit “Peso.”
Owens is hired by designer Michelle Lamy to work on her clothing line Lamy. The pair later become business partners and later marry.
Owens opens his fashion line out on Hollywood Boulevard in LA, with a debut in womenswear.
The first Rick Owens show takes place at the New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2002 season. The show is sponsored by American Vogue with help from Anna Wintour, after Kate Moss was spotted wearing an Owens leather jacket in French Vogue earlier that year.
It was during this show Owens began to work with stylist Panos Yiapanis in 2001. Yiapanis has worked on every single Owens presentation since.
The designer is appointed artistic director at Revillon, the French fur company. He continued to design there until 2007.
Owens’ breaks into menswear. He becomes known for his twist on classic silhouettes and of course as much black as you can muster.
A run in with a mugger in LA solidifies a move to Paris for Owens and his wife. The duo have operated from the French capital ever since.
Owens launches his first sneaker, the Dustulator Dunk.
For the first time the designer exhibits a furniture collection – with pieces originally designed for his Paris HQ. Inspired by shapes from Californian skate parks to the work of Eileen Gray – the collection first opened in Berlin.
Owens unveils the first of his now-legendary adidas collaborations.
Owens presents his “Prehistoric” furniture collection at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, with the seven piece collection appearing in only white and black.
The Spring/Summer 2014 runway show makes waves with a collection of step dancers from four different sororities – Washington Divas, Soul Steppers, The Momentums, The Zetas – replacing models.
The Lord of Darkness celebrates 20 years of his label adding an eerie twist to Selfridges, with four window displays and a curated area that not only boasts an exclusive collection, but a 35ft sculpture of Owen’s himself on the exterior.
Owens makes headlines with his fall 2015 collection with some strategically placed holes and gratuitous male nudity.
Owens’ first museum exhibition and retrospective, chronicling over 20 years of his life’s work, entitled, “Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman” opened at the Triennale di Milano.
November 18, 1962
Rick Owens has been married to legendary French culture and fashion figure Michèle Lamy since 2006. Lamy has been called Owens’ muse and was the star of a zine which accompanied the release of his 2018 Birkenstock line. She’s known as A$AP Rocky’s “fairy godmom,” acting as a creative mentor according to the rapper. Lamy currently designs jewelry with Loree Rodkin and has appeared in music videos including for FKA Twigs.