Rick Owens’ drop 2021 present managed to embrace the testing nature of the periods, although concurrently giving inspiration for a freer potential.
Just one of the only designers to integrate masks at his outdoor Venice display, the models’ social length in opposition to a foggy watch of the Adriatic Sea imbued a sense of isolation. A metropolis identified for its Carnival and bustling and crowded Piazza San Marco felt silent and almost abandoned.
And nevertheless irrespective of their contemplative nature, the stark layouts and staging also reminded (digital) audiences of a upcoming in which travel and exploration exist. Glimpses of the aptly nicknamed “City of Masks” were unveiled, and — like us — the types appeared to choose it in with a perception of reverence — and a newfound appreciation.
Adam Katz Sinding photographed these “backstage” photographs exclusively for WWD, providing a exceptional peek guiding the curtain — once a mainstay of fashion exhibit protection but in this restricted moment, a much more treasured prospect.
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