Sometimes here at Blackbird we find ourselves asking one another, "Why is this still here?". Nothing could be more to the point about the Rick Owens Mutant Lab Coat. Let us revisit this monster item in the hopes of finding it its proper new home.
The coat is from his spring 2011 collection, which he loosely described as "Monastic couture". We like the image that creates with the Mutant Lab Coat. Wearing it, you become someone else. Like a monk from a vow of silence sect, like a member of the cult of Rick Owens, or like your very own secret society of yourself, clad in one of the finest and original trench coat variations available today. The style blends military pocket details, classic trench coat style, as well as other-worldly, futuristic pleating and buttoning that create fin-like details reminiscent of 1950s cars and 1980s Japanese clothing design. The fit is close in some areas and more spacious in others, illustrating the designer's fascination and mastery of the subtleties of positive and negative space. Inside the back of the coat are two straps so that you can carry the coat on your shoulder like a bag. The whole effect is part Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks (the "Black Lodge" Cooper, that is), part man in black from the X-Files, and part completely your own. And at half off the original retail price, we'd need a whole team of F.B.I. agents to investigate the explanation.
These are sure to disappear soon. Click here to abduct one now...
RICK OWENS - MUTANT LAB COAT