Some Thoughts From: Rick Owens

“Some Thoughts From” – a series of aggregations of thoughts some of the industry’s most notable designers, editors, models and other industry insiders – is back. Up this week: The Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Rick Owens, who takes on the industry's standard of beauty, See Now-Buy Now, his place in fashion, and more. 

On See Now-Buy Now: Shop it off the runway. I am sure that there is something logical there, but I wonder if there's an alternative to that, because there is something about being too desperate to please. I think this is a fast-fashion thing that H&M and all of those people already kind of rule, and they do it so wonderfully. I don't know if we need to compete with that. Maybe we need to become even slower and less available, which is kind of ironic coming from me, selling stuff all over the internet. It sounds a little hypocritical coming from me, but I don't know if I want stuff to be accessible right away, because then that makes it just too disposable. - Interview, 2016. 

On his place in fashion: Well, I try not to think about my visibility or where I stand in the fashion world. Because that’s just never going to be a comfortable space. I just like to stick to my thing. I’m trying to do something I believe in. - Vogue, 2017

On the size/status of his eponymous label: My mantra for everybody is better, not bigger. But it’s hard. When there’s a group of people together, they’re thinking of the team, and you want to win. Sometimes commercial success is a little bit more tangible than aesthetic success. - T Magazine, 2017

On beauty: The fashion world can be very strict on the standards of beauty, and I like pushing it around a little bit. I like teasing those ideas a little bit, by promoting quieter kinds of beauty. But also I am thinking about beautiful aspirations and beautiful behavior, and I have found that now, with the fashion shows, I am able to express that a little bit more than I used to. - Interview, 2016

On commercial success: I really learned not to think about what other people like. The other thing I’ve learned recently is not to look at sales reports. I used to, but if I had listened to sales reports at the beginning, I would have given up on things that are some of our biggest successes now, like shoes. So sales reports are not the answer. The other thing is I really don’t have to do anything I don’t want to. And I have to remind myself of this sometimes. This isn’t a job, it’s not like I’m going to lose my job if I don’t get the results I want. - The Talks, 2014

On his uniform: I have twenty of the same thing, I wear the same outfit every single day. I can't imagine having to choose clothes in the morning. It would drive me crazy. I mean, I found one thing I like and then I probably have twenty of it. I change it a little bit every year, maybe, but it's basically the same thing. It's been the same thing for a long time. You know, if it's good enough for Mr. [Azzedine] Alaïa, it's good enough for me. - GQ, 2013