In which I explored the path that led me to Rick Owens

June 26, 2012

by Gracia Ventus

Have you ever thought why you dress the way you do? Since our hormones kicked in full gear in pubescent years, we spent a large part of our lives fathoming how we should dress ourselves in such a way that fits our lifestyle and personality, until we reach a point where we’re quite certain we’ve found something we feel comfortable in. Personally I went through a couple of phases before getting to where I am.

The first few years when I began discovering the importance of fashion as a means of self-expression, it coincided with my days as an amateur musician. I used to play the drums a long time ago for quite a number of years, and like any typical head-banging rocker/metalhead my uniform was mostly black, with lots of menacing accessories and band t-shirts. I still wear my band shirts and biker boots but the studs and cuffs were long gone.

In my late teens, fashion slowly creeped into my life to take over the passion I had for music as I was doing a short, intense stint for a couple of magazines. All of a sudden I found myself veering off a tangent and experimenting with vintage clothes. Moving to Melbourne afterwards fuelled the phase further as it is one of the best cities in the world for thrifting. Mind you even when I was sporting floral tea dresses I’d be pairing them with biker boots. I was already aware of high fashion but never really understood it until the day I bought my first pair of Stella Mccartney boots off Ebay.

As the fashion industry slowly opened up to the outside world, a clueless me peered in to see what the hoolabaloo was about. I was ogling at wondrous monolithic heels on JakandJill, became a bit of a daily read as I try to know more about the industry beyond the common household names such as Prada and Gucci, and bam! I found myself gaping at Rick Owens for the first time ever.

I remembered it was the FW2008 show, the beautiful ‘Stag’ collection which is still one of his best til this very day. Before Rick, I never knew such powerful yet feminine aesthetic could exist in fashion. I had the impression that every designer made beautiful clothes like Lanvin, Valentino, Versace etc, but nothing so alien and fantasy-like. Something about looking like a futuristic Amazonian soldier appealed so strongly to me that I’ve never looked back since. From there I discovered the other side of fashion, the world where Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto sit on the thrones.

So that was the ‘how’ I get to my choice of aesthetics. In the next post I’ll continue with the ‘why’ this particular aesthetic resonates strongly with me, and why I choose to put up with the unsavoury reactions I’ve received in a conservative society like Singapore . In the meantime, I would love to know how YOU, my fellow fashion enthusiasts, arrive at your chosen state of dress. As they say, sharing is caring.

Here is the beautiful jacket made by Pedro Korshi which I wore to an opening party of a bar in town.

Pedro Korshi jacket; Zam Barrett tank; Rick Owens organza shorts and Brancusi boots


12 thoughts on “In which I explored the path that led me to Rick Owens

  • inkarlcerating

    by inkarlcerating on June 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    p.korshi jacket? omg im soooo putting this on my blog!!!

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous on June 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Totally agreeable ! No matter how nice & fashionable you dress up in Singapore they won’t appreciated it ! They only stereotype, insult, nasty remark & mock at people who is well-dress. Sometimes I hate myself why am I still in Singapore ? Anyway I really like your blog, am a fan of yours :D I would like to thank you for posting all the fashion post & you really inspired me alot ! You intro me to the medium Celine luggage, Rick Owens & others not main stream fashion designer. So ya thank you :) looking forward for more of your post soon.

    • Rosenrot

      by Rosenrot on July 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      You’re not alone on this. I think it’s the older generation who has a problem with our changing attitude towards dressing. Recently I’ve been coming across more local style blogs so the landscape would probably change in under a decade or so.

      It’s my pleasure to feature these designers, after all I am just a fan. I have to thank you for reading my blog.

  • aya1293

    by aya1293 on June 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    you look fantastic in the jacket :)

    • Rosenrot

      by Rosenrot on July 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you Aya, and so did you.

  • Mika

    by Mika on June 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    very interesting! it was nice reading about your background in music and how all of that influenced you. made me think of my own “style journey” so to speak haha. so far it got me thinking of my love for japanese street fashion :) and funny how you mention that singapore is quite conservative… i stayed there for a short time a while back and i’ve always felt more free and comfortable there dressing however i liked than where i live.

    • Rosenrot

      by Rosenrot on July 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      I suppose it’s relative to other countries. I was making the comparison with other cities I’ve lived in/travelled to, and frankly I can’t go back to one of those temperate countries.

  • Semicosmic

    by Semicosmic on July 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Those boots are amazing, love this outfit as always and this post was a great read! Just what I’m needing right now. I’m actually enroute on my own style journey at the moment, thinking of a change of aesthetic. It’s an odd thing really, how just changing how you dress can affect how you feel and see yourself. It’s more powerful than people realize.

    • Rosenrot

      by Rosenrot on July 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, but it works the other way round as well. Sometimes we tend to channel our feelings and character through the way we dress.

  • Syed

    by Syed on July 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I spent my childhood in school uniform – from 5 to 17. Dress was something for the weekend and for holidays. I was 15 or 16 when I discovered Yohji, and that was my gateway into the world of fashion. I wish I could say I wore Yohji from then, but the reality is I’ve had one hell of a time wearing all sorts of crap I blush about now. But I think that’s important to go through because you need to explore and make mistakes so you can learn, and where something as personal as dress is concerned, you really do have to learn the hard way. I still don’t think I dress particularly well, but I’d like to think I am learning. I doubt I will ever reach a stage where I stop developing or trying to understand my own sense of style, because the idea of some endpoint, after which you no longer evolve, is my mind impossible. Besides, where would the fun be in that?

    • Rosenrot

      by Rosenrot on July 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Like you, I too had to wear a uniform until I was 16, and dressed pretty badly, or at least worse than I am now. Dressing is certainly a learning process as we discover new designers, silhouettes, inspirations, etc. Admittedly I went through a pretty bad phase as well where I tried incorporating trends in my days of being an angsty youth. Sometimes I wonder if this love for niche designers will last til I’m way past my prime, or I may possibly give it all up one day and end up a slob instead.


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