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Why Didn't Rick Owens Attend the Costume Institute Gala, Despite Being Invited and In Town?

Why Didn't Rick Owens Attend the Costume Institute Gala, Despite Being Invited and In Town?

>> Rick Owens has been in New York two times in the last seven years, by his estimation, once for his store opening in 2008 and again now for a week.  He prefers to stay in a four-hour travel radius of his Paris home, and didn't travel for recent store openings in Seoul or Tokyo.

Although Owens has been staying at the Bowery Hotel since Sunday, he didn't attend the Costume Institute Gala, despite being invited, for "reasons he’d rather not discuss," WWD reports. He did hit up Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott's after party at The Carlyle, however.

He's "surprised" at how much he's been recognized »

Owens noted that since his arrival, he's been recognized more than usual: “It surprised me because I usually consider myself pretty obscure. I get it if I’m in SoHo. I mean, people are really into fashion and stuff. But even so, I mean I was just kind of surprised. Maybe I’m not quite that obscure anymore.”

But the newfound recognizability doesn't seem to bother him: “I love being commercial. I love making banal everyday things with my particular aesthetic. I almost feel like it’s corruption.”

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