A friend invited me to the Rick Owen’s show today, saying, “[It] promises to be a very special show.” I’ve been a fan of Rick Owens’s flowy, dark, minimalist aesthetic for quite some time, so had no doubt I would enjoy his latest creations for Spring. Nothing quite prepared me for what I was about to see.
I settled into my seat as the lights dimmed and looked to the right, where a metal staircase was erected, leading to a door. Suddenly the door opened, and a set of stepping girls emerged, beating their chests and moving rhythmically to the music.
I thought to myself, “Designers have performances all the time,” and figured the girls would just bop down the steps and stay somewhat in the background until the models came out. But no. These girls were the models.
Performers from the dance company Step with Momentum were tapped to perform a step routine, all the while showcasing Owens’s black, white, and beige creations. Women with wild hair of every shape and color danced to the music, yelling and eyeing down front rowers with every move.
At the very end of the routine, the ladies lined up and, one by one, showed their wares to photographers and audience members. Owens’s typical spartan wares were on display, some uplifted by pom poms and contrasting sashes.
The crowd erupted with applause afterwards–we were thoroughly entertained. It was an innovative way to display clothing, and stands out as the most exciting show thus far of Paris Fashion Week. And I couldn’t be happier that Rick chose to use real women of all colors and shapes for his runway show.
At any rate, what do you think? Would the Diversity Coalition be pleased?