Rick Owens, 56-year-old American fashion designer, has proved himself to be one of the most influential designers in the industry. He began his own label in 1994, and has since gained a massive following by both men and women for his work. Many are drawn to his minimalist designs that include monochrome color palettes and hidden pockets for a sleek, clean look. His designs are also admired for their unconventional silhouettes. Owens combines grunge with luxury, bringing streetwear into discussions of high-end fashion.
His work isn’t confined to just fashion, however. Rick Owens has delved into additional creative fields including architecture, fine art, film, and furniture. His latest exhibition, Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman, has arrived exclusively at Barneys New York. This month-long exhibition is a tribute to Owens and display of his work throughout his career. It explores his evolution as an artist and how he has challenged traditional ideas of fashion through a wide range of media.
Creative director of Barneys, Matthew Mazzucca, had been wanting to partner with Rick Owens for a long time. The visuals team collaborated with Owens as closely as possibly so they could put the exhibition together. The team gained access to over 100 archival pieces, furniture, videos, and more. The exhibition includes over 20 fashion designs, furniture selections, sketches, lookbooks, runway footage, and even one of his sculptures.
Mazzucca wanted to align the timing of the exhibition with the Met Gala’s in order to make a more art-driven brand statement. The Met Gala, which takes place in New York every year, would undoubtedly be drawing a lot of attention because of its heavy involvement in creative fashion. There would be no better opportunity.
In addition to the exhibition, Freds, an upscale café inside Barneys, is starting a designer burger series where designers will be creating their own burgers for the café to cook and sell to customers. The series is being kicked off by none other than Rick Owens himself, whose burger creation is now available to the public.
So what makes Rick Owens qualified to design a burger? Well, apparently, Owens knows his burgers. When he lived in Europe, he would eat a cheeseburger from his corner bistro every single day for years. He must have been formulating his own burger recipe all that time. The recipe seems to be a good one, too, because people are loving it.
Owens’ burger features locally sourced, grass-fed, non-GMO beef and cheese. It is suggested to order the burger medium rare. The burger is served charred on the outside with a soft inside. On top of the burger comes melted cheese and then onions caramelized in dijon mustard. All of that goodness is stuffed in between a brioche bun that has been smothered in garlic mayonnaise. The burger comes with a side of thick and crispy steak fries. The fries are fluffy in the middle and perfectly salted. They pair nicely with the burger.
Even the presentation of the meal is worth raving about. There are edible ribbons on the burger and fries. If that isn’t cool enough already, the bun is branded with a Rick Owens logo.
The burger isn’t available for much longer, though. You can get it at Freds at Barneys in Manhattan until June 15. The meal is priced at $28, and according to those who have tasted it, worth every penny. This designer burger is an experience you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman will be on display until June 3 at Barneys New York. The third and fourth floors of the Madison Avenue store will have an installation consisting of select pieces from his archives, furniture, sketches, videos, and more.
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