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Fiona Luo and Michael Smith Are Devoted to Rick Owens—And to Each Other

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One of the first times I met Fiona Luo and Michael Smith, we had dinner with our friend Sol downtown. By the time I arrived, a bit late, they were already sitting. Smith was wearing a Rick Owens deep V-neck, and Luo a bodycon black jersey dress, also by Owens. When they stood up I realized they were in matching pairs of Owens’s popular Lucite platform boots. I knew of their mutual fascination with Owens, but that dinner was the moment I understood that their devotion to each other was partly rooted in how devoted they are to the American designer. Here, in this episode of Devoted, the pair walk Vogue through their Rick Owens collection.

Luo and Smith met in 2018 when the former had just started venturing into the spellbinding world of Owens. “I was looking for inspiration on the internet and saw this page called ‘Men in Rick Owens’ and saw a picture of Michael,” she recalls. “I thought he was wearing a cool outfit and followed him,” she continues, before Smith interjects with a laugh, “and here we are.” 

In the years since, the New York couple has amassed more than 200 pieces by Owens between them, much of which they share—the best example being a furry mohair coat from the fall 2016 collection, of which Smith says: “We do borrow each other’s clothes, but this is…joint custody.” If there are pieces they can’t share, it’s mostly because of fit. The first birthday gift that Luo received from Smith was a top from Owens’s fall 2015 collection. “This is one of those items that I wanted to wear and couldn’t, so the next thing was to buy it for Fiona,” Smith says.

While both Luo and Smith have a deep love for Owens, Smith is “the nerd,” Luo says, and any piece she finds or buys she shares with him in order to get the complete rundown. Smith sees Owens as a designer both self-aware and a little funny. “It’s not as serious as a lot of the other goth and avant-garde designers are,” he explains. “It’s a little goofy, and I think it shows when you’re wearing it.” His best example? A nun cap paired with a cashmere onesie from the fall 2014 collection. 


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