CHAMPION X RICK OWENS SS20
March 2020 sees the official launch of Champion’s collection with fashion powerhouse; Rick Owens. Following the debut at Paris Fashion Week back in June 2019, Champion and Rick Owens have announced the official launch of their collaborative collection dropping this month. Celebrating Champion’s rich heritage and Rick Owens’ signature aesthetic, the collection is formed for both men and women and offers a fresh twist on modern essentials.
The collection takes on a monochrome colour palette across key products such as mesh shorts, oversized togas and body suits, all carefully finished with a unique Champion logo. Higlighted 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 colourways of Black and Pearl.
RICK – “WHEN I STARTED MY LABEL IN THE NINETIES, I HAND DREW MY LOGO AS A CROSS BETWEEN THE CHAMPION LOGO AND A JEAN PATOU PERFUME LABEL… 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 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”