Rick Owens Fall / Winter 2013-14: Athena Dress

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There are collections and designers that one dreams of wearing. Those put under the label ‘most coveted’ or ‘to die for’ – the ones you look at over and over in Vogue, the ones you assign to your dream closet when you win the lottery or actually get to the checkout page of the Net-a-Porter sale…

Rick Owens is one of those designers whose aesthetic I admire and whose styles I have recently coveted.  Completely in line with where my own aesthetic appears to be moving, Owens sticks to monochrome shades and has his feet firmly planted in the dark side.  However, it can be quite difficult to see wearable designs in Owens’ catwalk shows, and as Vogue notes, his collections often seem ‘sinister and otherworldly’.

Not so for fall winter 2013/4 where Owens offered a wonderful range of leather and layers; shearling collared dresses, kimono style robes and a stitch motif, inspired by Japanese basket weaving:

“Owens went one part street and urban on us to one part very beautiful, combining his signature mix of leathers and layers for cape-backed dresses and slit long coats, duffle styles or those that were woven together with thick cables and knots. The same detail wrapped itself around ankles on wader boots that came with a killer, killer stiletto.” – Vogue

On my birthday I received a lovely gift of the Athena dress from the FW13/14 collection from my amazing husband.  It has made me think again about the quality of pieces I invest in and how I want to refine and build a wardrobe around my most coveted designers after all.  2014 might start out as the year I finally dress in the aesthetic I want to be seen in Blog Reader. Watch this space!

Wearing: Rick Owens Athena dress.  Boots: Reiss.  Photos: William Williams.

Images of Rick Owens F/W 2014: Vogue.co.uk

You can shop Rick Owens online at Net a Porter, Selfridges and The Outnet.

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