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Moncler and Rick Owens Explore an Avant-Garde Approach to a Sensible Wardrobe

By Joe Tan

 
Behind the Scenes: Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy

The namesake designer and Michèle Lamy on their way to view Michael Heizer’s “City” artwork, dressed in pieces from the Moncler + Rick Owens collection.

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Behind the Scenes: Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy on board the Rick Owens Express

On board the Rick Owens Express, the designer and Lamy lounged in a custom-furnished bedroom, watching the 1923 film “Salomé”.

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Moncler + Rick Owens Capsule Collection

On Owens: Moncler + Rick Owens Nesbitt jacket, Porterville hooded vest, Bermuda shorts, and Bigrocks boots. On Lamy: Moncler + Rick Owens Baseball hat, Tonopah jacket, Long-Sleeved T-shirt, Casual trousers, and Bigrocks boots.

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Moncler + Rick Owens Capsule Collection

On Owens: Moncler + Rick Owens Porterville hooded vest, Bermuda shorts, and Amber snow boots. On Lamy: Moncler + Rick Owens UFO cape, Crewneck, and Bigrocks snow boots.

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Moncler + Rick Owens Capsule Collection

On Owens: Moncler + Rick Owens Hikoville jacket, Crewneck, Bermuda shorts, and Amber snow boots. On Lamy: Moncler + Rick Owens Nesbitt coat, Long-Sleeved T-shirt, Bermuda shorts, and Bigrocks boots.

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Moncler + Rick Owens Capsule Collection

On Owens: Moncler + Rick Owens Porterville hooded vest, Bermuda shorts, and Amber snow boots. On Lamy: Moncler + Rick Owens Porterville hooded vest, Bermuda shorts, and Bigrocks boots.

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The American designer Rick Owens bears the rare distinction of being both widely loved by the masses as well as being worshipped by the fashion underground. His designs are known to resemble the uniforms of residents in his own alternate reality, where colour is void and brutalist architecture is aplenty. Comfort too is often noted when describing the wearability of his ethereal ready-to-wear pieces.

Owens’s latest capsule collection with Moncler launches globally in stores and online on October 22. Featuring his signature monochromatic palette, the pieces will likely appear familiar to his legion of fans. This collection is after all inspired by the essential silhouettes worn by Owens himself and his wife, Michèle Lamy. The difference, of course, is that the couple’s wardrobe staples are now largely reinterpreted in Moncler’s signature and ski-appropriate duvet. 

Unveiled on board a custom-furnished matte black tour bus, called the Rick Owens Express, the collection was showcased and worn by Owens and Lamy themselves as they went about what one would imagine as a normal day in the lives of the power couple. The presentation doubled as a tour, which included a day-trip to the Nevada desert to witness the artist Michael Heizer’s monumental “City” artwork — further emphasising the seamless way these Moncler + Rick Owens ensembles can be incorporated into any sensible wardrobe. Of this, the avant-garde designer himself says, “It’s really what I wear all the time.”

Moncler + Rick Owens is available from 22 October at Moncler boutiques and online.