Rick Owens presented his Fall Winter 2018.19 collection entitled Sisyphus, during the recently finished Paris Fashion Week.
This fall /winter collection is titled sisyphus after the arrogant king in greek mythology who was punished by zeus to eternally roll a boulder up a hill only to have it roll back down, over and over again, forever. It’s draining to watch unhealthy cycles repeat themselves, behaviorally and historically, and every once in a while, it’s hard to suppress a howl of rage. If we haven’t learned better by now, after all this time, does this mean unhealthy cycles and base urges are an integral part of the human condition? And if they are integral, does that mean they have some kind of horrible value? Rending one’s clothes in anger has a dramatically biblical sound — here these clothes are rent in a bit more of a deliberate and perhaps fatalistic way. Double knit tunics in mercerized cotton faced with cashmere we refer to as ‘cashboard’ are slit and slashed to hang and gape around the body… or cut in thin and crisp wrapped jackets that can be used as layers under coats.
The soundtrack is a remix of ‘energize’ by dj speedlap, the kind of 90s terror techno i listen to every day as a safety valve to release the impatience and frustration that are the personal cycles i can’t seem to control, no matter how much i should have learned better to by now. If, after all my efforts, i haven’t found a way to erase them, does that mean they serve some kind of purpose? – Rick Owens
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