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Rick Owens SS16Photography Chloé Le Drezen

Rick Owens: “I have to contribute beauty to the world”

The designer opens up on what inspired his SS16 show, who he considers his Beyoncé, and his advice for young designers

Yesterday, Rick Owens hit the headlines once more with a show that saw models walk with other women harnessed to their bodies, bearing their weight all the way down a labyrinthine runway. Designed to complement his menswear show, which dealt with themes of masculine aggression, the collection was about the strength of women, transforming trappings of fetishism from ties that hold women down to the ties that bind them together. “Straps can be about restraint but here they are all about support and cradling. Straps here become loving ribbons,” the designer wrote in his press release. Although he wasn’t around for post-show interviews yesterday, today he headed to the Dazed Tumblr to answer your questions – from the inspiration behind the collection to his favourite movie (The Devils), the artists he considers “his Beyoncé and Rihanna respectively” (Christeene and Divine David Hoyle), and why he likes to shock (“I like to be shocked”). Read through some of our favourite quotes below, and head to Tumblr for the rest. 

ON THE IMAGE THAT INSPIRED HIS SHOW

“There was an image of Leigh Bowery carrying his wife Nicola in a harness they would use for a birthing performance that I always loved. It was transgressive and sweet at the same time. I thought doing it with women would be a nice interpretation and developed other poses from there.”

ON WHETHER WEARING A JUICY COUTURE TRACKSUIT IS A GOOD LOOK

“If you have an open heart and an easy laugh I’m sure you’ll look great.”

ON HIS WORKOUT MUSIC

“I am listening to Mike Q voguing mixes at the gym and Peggy Lee and Julie London at work. Oh, and Katie Got Bandz in between!”

ON ADVICE FOR YOUNG DESIGNERS

“There are a lot of questions similar to this here and I totally sympathise with young people looking for a way to find their place. I don’t know if I have the answer. But logic tells me that you have to decide what you really want to do, do a lot of it all the time so you can throw away your mistakes and your voice will emerge for better or for worse...learn to not take anyone too seriously and learn to listen to your gut. There are so many ways to learn – not just academically.”

“I feel I haven’t done enough to accommodate (plus size women). It’s hard to create a corner for people that might never come to me for that but I’m trying to find a way” – Rick Owens

ON WHAT YOU NEED TO SACRIFICE TO BE SUCCESSFUL

“I am happy to tell you that you don’t have to make a compromise. I don’t think I had to sacrifice anything. I wish the same for you.”

ON HIS LIFE PHILOSOPHY

“Happiness is gratitude for what you have.”

ON WHAT MOTIVATES HIM

“My motivation is to fulfil any potential I have to contribute beauty to the world before I die.”

ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR PLUS SIZE WOMEN IN FASHION

“I feel I haven’t done enough to accommodate them. It’s hard to create a corner for people that might never come to me for that but I’m trying to find a way... I love a big girl who owns it unapologetically. Enjoy your juiciness.”

ON WHETHER HE WANTS TO GET INTIMATE WITH AN ANONYMOUS TUMBLR USER

“Dunno, dick pic please.”

Read the rest of the answers on DazedDigital.tumblr.com