By  on November 19, 2019

“There’s a little bit of me that’s avoided coming back to L.A. because it’s kind of like looking at pictures of yourself with bad bangs or something, you remember an unfinished, not fully formed you,” says Rick Owens of returning after 16 years to the place where he started his label in 1994. “Also, I knew I was going to get sucked in.”

When Owens left, Los Angeles still had a reputation as a second city — it was before Hedi Slimane, Tom Ford and Maria Grazia Chiuri rolled out their runways here, and before the city became as well-known for art and food as for entertainment. Back then, Owens was fresh out of small town Porterville, Calif., a young, hard-partying fashion upstart newly in love with his French muse Michèle Lamy. A designer in her own right, she also ran the Nineties Hollywood hot spot Les Deux Cafés, where Al Pacino, Nicole Kidman, David Lynch and many more came to drink and dine in a neighborhood that was still so rough, Lamy had to have a security guard walk her across the street to their apartment after closing.

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