COLLABORATION

RICK OWENS IS A CHAMPION

MARCH 17, 2020

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WORDS

by KRISTOPHER FRASER

PHOTOS

COURTESY

of RICK OWENS

After their Paris Fashion Week debut back in June 2019, Champion and Rick Owens have announced their first official collaboration launch dropping this month. The collection is a combination of Champion’s heritage aesthetic and Rick Owens edgy aesthetic with offerings for both men and women. 

The collection takes a monochrome color palette across key products such as mesh shorts, oversized togas, and body suits, all carefully finished with a unique Champion logo. Highlighted with layering pieces such as lightweight hooded windbreakers and unlined trench coats, alongside unisex mesh vests and updates to Champion’s signature Reverse Weave sweats. Timeless accessories include slick bucket hats, caps and headbands in variations of cool mesh and Nylon with monochrome colorways of black and pearl. 

“When I started my label in the nineties, I had drawn my logo as a cross between the champion logo and a Jean Patou perfum label,” Owens said. “They both had a similar vintage calligraphic flair. I wasn’t conscious of it then, but I see now how that balance has defined my ongoing aesthetic — a 1930s black and white movie version of both American uniform utility and European glam. I remember my older, cooler cousins wearing champion sweatshirts and shorts in the seventies, cementing that logo in my brain. With our collaboration I have turned Champion’s classics into stripped down togas, loincloths, and robes. Champion kindly accepted doing their logo in black, white, and grey, which we have sprinkled liberally over a range of including t-shirts, sweats, distorted hoodies, and windbreakers. Serendipitously, Champion has a factory in Italy 15km from mine, allowing us to produce a fully Made in Italy collection in the same region under increasingly environmentally responsible conditions.” 

The collection will launch in March. The full collection will be available to purchase at Champion stores, ChampionStore.com, Rick Owens stores, and RickOwens.eu.

Rick Owens x Champion

“I remember my older, cooler cousins wearing champion sweatshirts and shorts in the seventies, cementing that logo in my brain.”

–Rick Owens–

Rick Owens and Champion

Rick Owens and Champion

Rick Owens and Champion

Rick Owens and Champion