Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2014 backstageㅣPh. Paul Maffi
What inspires you to carry on?
"Maybe I changed. In many ways, because I got criticized so much and I,—every time I got criticized I became stronger, so maybe I became like a monster.”
Trying to imagine actually being there at Rick Owen’s show and watching it live.
Rick Owens S/S 2014
Paris, 26th September 2013. Rick Owens has raised the bar.
White chicks? Skinny models? Walk-pose-exit-straightface runway shows? Forget those. We got something better for you: Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2014 show.
The show was a step dance performance. As if the show wasn’t unusual enough, the cast is truly something different from hundreds of shows we’ve been seeing from New York, London, Milan and Paris in this fashion month. It was performed by step dancer girls, and what makes it different is that the majority of them are black, and all of them are plus size.
Of course, there’s definitely debates of the presentation. Some love it. Some hate it. Some confused. Of course, when you see the runway pictures in Style.com, you won’t see the usual thing. You’ll be confused, especially if you haven’t watched the video of the show, but surely you can tell something is going on.
I think the message is crystal clear. Fashion is an interpretation of visual beauty. And most of the time, fashion didn’t represent universal beauty. Fashion often represents only one form of beauty: white and skinny. This is a shame because fashion should be representing universal beauty and when you’re not in on of the “white” or “skinny” category, people value you less. And you value yourself less.
Even if it’s not the best collection, this is the best show, best casting of Spring/Summer 2014 for me.
Rick Owens is breaking all the rules, murdering all the stereotypes of fashion with this show. His message is crystal clear: DIVERSITY
This is a “FUCK YOU” in the face for all stereotyping in the fashion industry.
where have u been girl?
lol I meant like his debut collection was actually good and his Pre-Fall but the Spring 2014 is so boring, and I just don’t understand what Balenciaga is any more without Ghesquiere? But it’s only Wang’s second season so I guess I’m making a haste judgment but I don’t expect much especially from what I saw from his brand. And I really miss Ghesquiere
Xiao Wen Ju by Michael O’Neal
Ph. by Alao Yokogi, 3/1998
I’ve given up on Dolce & Gabbana, well, for a really long time. They have the same collection in different colours every season. It’s just one long Sicily inspired collection. I can’t even differentiate between each season because they are so similar.
— bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions