I just read Tim Blank’s elegant and eloquent review of Rick Owens’ RTW Autumn 2016 show, and it once again reminded me about why I love Rick Owens and his unique vision so much. Owens locked himself in his studio and created a collection that, “would look like it was evaporating,” to paraphrase Blanks.
What got my attention in Blanks’ review was Owens’ statement, “It’s reassuring that I’m not going to die, that I’m going to become part of everything and everything is a part of me.” While I am not a religious person, and only vaguely spiritual, the idea of a constant continuum that spreads before us but is in constant flux and never completely dissipates is compelling. That we humans are simply another animal, a collection of carbon that emerges from this, and passes back into it, and that life is simply another stage of this cycle, to be savoured for sure, is a good reminder of why I do what I do.
Change is indeed a constant, but, when guided by awareness, can be managed and even celebrated, much as my man Rick has done.
Plus ca change!