In a highly thematic season from American designer Rick Owens, his Fall 12 collection takes inspiration from the shape and structure of rugged mountains, manifesting an unconventionally athletic aesthetic. Dress-length shirts in semi-sheer silk and cotton blends cut close to the body, recall sportswear thermals, perfect for layering under Owens' alpaca or mohair knits. Classic buttondowns in a crisp palette of slate grey, wintery whites and an icy blue feature wrap collars that drape over-the-shoulder like a skier’s windswept scarf.
Outerwear comes in a typically somber palette: a stand-out black parka echoes mountainous landscapes in both shape and fabrication, with thick, padded construction and a protective extra-high collar that is also seen across leather jackets and woolen peacoats. Exposed zippers provide an industrial edge that is astutely Owens, carrying over to high-top cargo and combat boots, and sneakers cut in black leather that feature his signature extended tongue and an extended cuff that raises to the calf.