Robot Rick

May 28, 2015

by Gracia Ventus

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Back in 2009, Balmain's pagoda shoulders created a furore which resulted in every iterations of pagoda shoulders possible on a dress or outerwear. Rick Owens debuted his 'robot' shoulders in the same year for his 'Crust' collection as well. While the latter re-issued the same shoulders just a few seasons ago, Balmain continued to produce more variations that went from refreshing to -Dynasty- level monstrous.

Aside from these major examples and the 80s power dressing era, shoulders have generally become soft and rounded again for womenswear. While we know that the 80s shoulders had to do with women's ascend into the boardroom to take their place alongside their male counterparts, I can only guess that its resurgence in 2009 had something to do with the global economic recession. My hypothesis is of course very much debatable, so I leave it up to you to come up with a supporting or contradictory viewpoint.

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Wearing: Rick Owens jacket, vest and shorts; Margiela cement tabis


2 thoughts on “Robot Rick

  • Lizzie Lo

    by Lizzie Lo on May 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Oh my god
    How much I really enjoy your posts
    It’s such an indescribable feeling when you find someone who shares the same romantic and intellectual viewpoints on fashion.
    The poetics in garments and aesthetics that represent the society that inhabits it… and well, indeed, shoulders came back as a revelation to the economic system: women are superheroes. They were who activated economy by moving the multimillion dollar fashion and beauty industry.

  • Lindsay Mo

    by Lindsay Mo on June 1, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I’ve been following your blog for a while, but haven’t commented. I absolutely love your take on fashion, you’ve inspired me to try and branch out into more avant-garde fits and designers myself. Thank you for being a breath of fresh air in the blogosphere.


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