Rick Owens has never been one to shy away from the extreme. His runway shows are virtually always a spectacle, having had his models do some undoubtedly odd and even questionable things over the years. For his latest, Owens instructed his models to carry other models down the walk for a recent Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear show. We’d love to say such a display caught us by surprise, but again, it’s Rick Owens we’re talking about, and nothing is seemingly off limits. The models can be seen dangling from other member’s chest and back, albeit strapped in unique fashion.
In speaking with Dazed, Rick Owens went on to explain the concept behind the intriguing human backpacks: “In the Spring men’s collection which shares the same name (Cyclops), that focussed vision was propulsive and aggressive. When applied to women’s, I see that focussed vision being more about nourishment, sisterhood/motherhood and regeneration; women raising women, women becoming women, and women supporting women – a world of women I know little about and can only attempt to amuse in my own small way…Straps can be about restraint but here they are all about support and cradling. Straps here become loving ribbons.”
What will the designer come up with next?