Powerfully pushing his aesthetic forward without forsaking his darksensibility, Rick Owens worked exquisite surface details and couturevolumes with Japanese influences. The result was one of the designer’sbest collections in recent memory, delivered with plenty of romance andsome terrific clothes.

Owens started with the usual dramatic gesture (remember theflames and foam of past seasons?), this time with dense steam billowingout from one side of the backdrop. Models emerged through a cloudlikewall, their hair teased, tousled and often falling in front of the facefor a visual that provided a heavenly touch to the clothes.

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