Rick Owens has built a magical, goth-tinted world that’s full of dramatic layers, monochromatic colors, and razor-sharp silhouettes. It has made the American-born designer one of fashion’s most fascinating figures—and built him a loyal following of ninja-goth disciplines. Labels from all over the globe have tapped the artful designer for collaborations: Birkenstock, Adidas, Veja, and Moncler, to name a few. Now, Owens has teamed up with the heritage brand Champion on a collection of avant-garde sportswear you can actually work out in.
Lately, Champion’s been busy wooing a new generation of sportswear enthusiasts with bold colors and ’90s nostalgia. Owens, meanwhile, has remained steadfast in his exacting vision for his label. This makes the collaboration seem like an unusual pairing, at least on paper. But instead of highlighting these contrasts, the collection shows Owens’s unique ability to make actual workout clothes that feel artful and fresh. Sure, there are some unexpected eccentricities in the collection: midriff-baring tops, sheer toga-inspired layers, and sensual bodysuits abound. However, there are simpler garments like sporty T-shirts, mesh shorts, and athletic hoodies for the less-adventurous gym rats too. In true Owens style, the entire collection is built on a monochromatic palette of black and white.
Workout clothes don’t have to be boring, and the dark lord of futuristic fashion is making sure of that. While sheer tops might not appeal to everyone, there will be no shortage of stylish goths and fashion freaks trying to get their hands on this collection. Bits and pieces of the collaboration are available now, and the full drop comes online and into stores March 12, via both Champion and Rick Owens. Expect to see these clothes at your gym soon—and when you do, try not to stare.