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Rick Owens: The Vinyl Countdown

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Rick Owens creates worlds more than fashion. His shows are famous for their otherworldly ambience, from the mise-en-scène (from foam to fire to electrifying light shows) to the soundtrack. For his Fall ’12 women’s show, he played Zebra Katz’s then little-known “Ima Read.” A star was born.

For his follow-up, the Spring ’13 menswear show, Owens paired Matthew Stone, London’s music director-artist-provocateur of choice, with his own wife, Michèle Lamy, to record a track called “How Do You Feel” at the London studio David Bowie used for his early albums. He spun the track at the show, then sent it off to a handful of DJs—including Katz, Mister Tweeks (who mixed the soundtrack for his Spring ’13 women’s show), and Richelle (who will do music for the next men’s outing)—to remix. “This is all about fanboy worship,” Owens says. “I’ve been listening to music from all of these guys for a while, and having Michèle and Matthew do my runway music for the last Spring show gave me the perfect excuse to do something with them all. I was tickled pink with the results.”

“The entire project was just pure indulgence,” the designer explains, and so the results—pressed on vinyl (printed with an Owens shot of Lamy, taken on a deserted island near Venice) and whipped digitally into MP3—are available gratis while they last at Owens’ flagship stores. Says Rick: “First come, first served.”

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

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