The following feature appears in the October 2017 issue of NYLON.
Possessing the effect of being sun-bleached and salt-stained, as if weathered by post-apocalyptic elements, the clothes of Paris-based high fashion designer have always been reminders of the end of the world—and what we’ll be wearing after it happens.
“Don’t tell Rick Owens,” says Renée April, the lead costume designer for Blade Runner 2049, when I mention the observation. “But I totally agree. That’s Rick Owens’s voice. It’s a reflection of where we are.” Owens, then, was a reference for April’s costumes in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 future-noir classic, which takes place in what she calls a “deeply dystopian” Los Angeles. “This designer is bleak, harsh,” she says. “I was drawn to it.”