Rick Owens presented a collection of super cool-looking helmets at his Autumn Winter 2022 menswear show called ‘Strobe’, which was shown at the Palais de Tokyo during Paris Fashion Week. The three helmets are unique and feature single and dual-prong strobe lights protruding from their shell and double up as interesting floor lamps!
Designer: Rick Owens
American designer Rick Owens designed two helmets for the show, and they both feature a different light bar fixture, that has been inserted into and protrudes from the crown of the outer shell. Built from aluminum and fiberglass, the helmets are equipped with a rounded head with a shell that can be extended, providing coverage to the upper parts of the wearer’s chest and back. The helmets have a crown shape, as Owens drew inspiration from the forms he saw in Egyptian temples and tombs while spending time in Egypt. “Helmets have Dan Flavin-esque fluorescent bulbs set into crown shapes that I kept seeing in the Egyptian temples and tombs I toured last October,” said Owens.
The helmet’s extended shell which covers the wearer’s chest and shoulders in three parts, allows it to double up as a freestanding floor lamp. The extended shell functions as the legs of the lamp. The first lamp is called Amun, and it is available in the color black. It features a two-pronged lighting fixture, that has been placed within a trapezoidal frame. The second helmet is called Hedjet and is available in both black and white. It has been equipped with a single light bar fixture that protrudes out of the shell.
Owens’ helmets are pretty intriguing – both visually and functionally, as they signify an interesting and innovative crossover between apparel and lighting. His design is not only a fashionable wearable, but also a super functional fixture that you could actually use to light up your living space. When used as a lighting fixture, the helmets have a sculptural feel to them, allowing them to function as artistic and well-designed pieces for your living space. And when used as helmets, they have the ability to make an impressive and loud fashion statement.