The Los Angeles-based fashion designer Rick Owens has been called the "King of Darkness" for his dark, gothic designs. His collections are influenced by ancient art, religion and spirituality, and he uses unconventional materials such as leather, neoprene and cotton jersey to create his signature avant-garde looks. His sweaters are made from high-quality fabrics and feature details such as open backs, raw edges and asymmetrical hems.
The designer's signature dark, grungy, sexy aesthetic is all over his knitwear, which is created using a painstaking process that involves dyeing the yarn before knitting it. The result is a collection of chunky sweaters and turtlenecks that are as wearable as they are avant-garde.
Rick Owens’ line has been worn by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber. Owens launched his brand in 1994 after working as a costume designer for the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop. His collections are known for their emphasis on sculptural shapes and avant-garde details.