Fashion week in Paris is in full swing, showcasing ready-to-wear collections from various higher-end designers. Many presentations have stuck to the same formula, showcasing carbon-copy models in a gallery-like state, but one designer in particular stepped away from the mold, Rick Owens, to present something the fashion industry truly, has never seen before.
Owens, a California native who has been based in Paris now for a number of years, is known for his sleek silhouettes and usage of various leathers in a monochromatic palette. His style is edgy to say the least, and he pushed this level of “edge” with his Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear collection, held on Thursday, September 26th in Paris.
He ditched the professional models for a massive step-team, comprised of college-age women from four teams from American sororities (which are still to be named). The “models” were curvy and predominantly African American, showcasing diversity that we often do not see in the fashion world. The ladies performed synchronized routines in Owens’ threads, blurring the lines of fashion, art, and performance. Check out video below via Instagram.
The question is this: Do you find this to be groundbreaking, or do you believe Owens’ is exploiting the culture?
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