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  • Rick Owens fall 2015 collection

  • Rick Owens fall 2015 collection. Makeup by Lucia Pieroni.

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Rick Owens’ Mayan-inspired fall 2015 collection

Rick Owens dazzled Paris with his fall 2015 collection that was inspired by the characteristic obsession of the Maya civilization of southern Mexico and Central America with power and gold, as well as by the recently renovated Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Hollyhock House, one of Los Angeles national historic landmarks whose structure is influenced by the architecture and iconography of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures.

“After studying Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House for years, I propose that living up to that kind of interior might look something like this. From what I understand, some of Wright’s motifs of flora traced in angular lines had its roots in Mayan culture, as do I on my mother’s side. Maybe now is a good time to start exploring that,” Owens said about the inspiration behind his fall 2015 runway show.

The collection, which was called “Sphinx”, was an excellent study on shape and proportion that blended together tribal references with minimal, sci-fi influences. It included beautifully draped gowns, monochromatic tunics with geometrical motifs that were embroidered with metallic sequins, warrior-like architectural coats, robes embellished with tufts of wispy, feathery fur, as well as a series of sexy gladiator sandals and leather wedge boots covered with shiny studs.

But what really stole the spotlight was the “gold leaf Mayan goddess” look that makeup artist Lucia Pieroni of MAC cosmetics created for the majority of the models. Pieroni covered their faces with gold and silver metallic leaf, creating an amazing effect that evoked ancient Mayan masks. The talented artist also created a second, Mayan warrior look, employing thick black stripes under the models’ eyes with equally impressive results, making it the perfect match for one of the most brilliant fall 2015 collections.