Last night, BTS appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a new interview and performance. The K-pop group’s latest album, Map Of The Soul: 7, was released last week, and on hand to promote it were the seven group members RM, Jin, Jungkook, V, Suga, Jimin, and J-Hope. Together, the boys adventured around Manhattan for the TV segment: they answered a Q&A on a subway car, played a game of “Subway Olympics” (it involved balancing a rubber duck on their hand), and even ventured to Katz’s Deli to try out the pastrami sandwiches. Later on, BTS performed their single “ON” at Grand Central Station—and debuted a brand new fashion moment for the affair.
For their latest performance, BTS wore coordinated Rick Owens looks that embraced a new, glam-goth aesthetic. The seven members all did suiting with a rocker-chic twist, embracing unexpected pieces such as leather blazers or drop-crotch trousers. Jin went with a distressed, painted leather jacket; V and Jimin wore head-to-toe cream ensembles; while Jungkook, Suga, RM, and J-Hope opted leather blazers and zippered trousers. Their respective looks all had their own individual flair, but together, it felt cohesive—after all, a BTS appearance is always a group effort. While embracing a grungy Rick Owens spirit may feel new for the group, it also isn’t entirely a first: they are the same outfits the group wears in their music video for “ON.”
This also isn’t the first time BTS has embraced an unexpected designer. Lately, the K-pop group has been experimenting with various luxury labels, each time embracing the spirit of the fashion house. Last month, they suited up in Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta menswear, those neutral colors and clean lines a far from the flashy Gucci looks that used to be their signature; the same goes for the Celine looks they were in December at the Meet Awards, where they chose the brand’s Parisian-style denim and sleek bomber jackets. But this new Rick Owens vibe? It’s their boldest—and most left-field—style choice yet, but a risk that most certainly paid off.