Some Thoughts From: Rick Owens

For our inaugural "Some Thoughts From" post – a series of short features some of the industry’s most notable designers, editors, models and other industry insiders, sharing their thoughts on anything and everything fashion – avant-garde romantic, Rick Owens, takes on exercise, black, and uniforms.

On working out: Working out is modern couture. Buy less clothing and go to the gym instead.

On accessories: Hair and shoes say it all. Everything in between is forgivable as long as you keep it simple. Trying to talk with your clothes is passive-aggressive.

On restraint: Jean-Michel Frank, the thirties interior and furniture designer, supposedly had 40 identical double-breasted gray flannel suits. He knew himself and is a wonderful example of restraint and extravagance.

On black: With layering, sometimes the more the better. When you layer a lot of black you're like a walking Louise Nevelson sculpture, and that's pretty attractive. 

On color: There's something a little too chatterboxy about color. Right now I want black, for its sharpness and punctuation.

On style: The coolest thing is when you don’t care about being cool anymore. Indifference is the greatest aphrodisiac - that’s what really sums up style for me.