Hanging Tough: Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2014 Men's

Rick Owens Spring 2014 Menswear
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Take two drummers, spin them on a vertically rotating platform while they're playing, hang two guitarists and a bassist from the ceiling, and last but certainly not least, add a furiously shouting singer and you have a disturbing yet impressive metal-punk concert.

You also have the spring 2014 men's collection from Rick Owens, who was fond enough of this bizarre act to invite the Estonian band Winny Puhh – former Eurovision Song candidates – to perform it. And, as if this one-of-a-kind live set wasn't strange enough, the band members wore furry masks.

 

Rick Owens is a well-known provocateur, and he succeeded in captivating the attention of his audience. We also know that too much entertainment can kill a fashion show. But while the musical happening definitely overshadowed the collection, the designer's new work wasn't diminished.

Owens presented a collection that came with never-before-seen commercial flavor. Gone were the edgy shapes and sometimes unwearable elements. These slender models were dressed in sleek and sporty outerwear, consisting mainly of caftan-like jackets, jumpsuits embellished with chunky zippers, and leather shorts worn with skin-revealing, asymmetrically draped tops and sheer tank-tops – exclusively in black and white.

The perforated leather detailing on shirts and trench-coat sleeves, the fringed leather belts and his latest sneakers, designed in collaboration with Adidas, were also quite eye-catching. This collection is sure to be a hit in stores. 

See a slideshow of men's looks from Rick Owens's spring 2014 collection.