For your library: two brand new art books chronicling the designs of Rick Owens and Raf Simons. Taschen Books has collaborated with i-D Magazine editor-in-chief Terry Jones on a series of fashion monographs that use i-D’s thirty-year-old archives as source material, and Owens and Simons are the latest designers to receive the treatment. Photos and editorials by Sølve Sundsbø, David Bailey, Willy Vanderperre, Corinne Day, Craig McDean and others accompany quotes, essays and exclusive interviews that explore all angles of the designers’ work.
And we can’t think of two better artists to profile. From Raf Simons’ revolutionary menswear to his headline-making appointments at Jil Sander and Dior, he remains one of the most innovative designers working in fashion today. Raf Simons’ 120-page photo portfolio places street-cast models and ethereal New Look gowns side by side, highlighting the oppositions of conceptual rigor and youthful rebellion that animate Simons’ designs. Rick Owens’ corresponding volume traces his unmistakable, futuristic goth-grunge aesthetic from its L.A. roots to its current position in the Paris fashion world – and across into the domains of furniture, fur, jewelry, and art. Each title offers a career-long exploration of a singular aesthetic realized.