Rick Owens‘s Paris Fashion Week show for his spring collection RTW has been applauded for taking both race and body diversity to a whole other level, but I’m celebrating it because it made what looked like amazingly boring earth-toned flour sack ensembles into something wearable, sexy and amazingly fierce. All because of how he showcased them on the runway. Instead of using traditional size zero, Caucasian, clothes-hanger type models to display the minimalist, utilitarian style, he sent step dance teams stomping, growling and dancing down the runway which made the collection go from sort of drab to stone-cold fierce. Fashion should be enviable, and exciting, and dangerous, and covetable. When you picture these items displayed in any other way you can almost doze off due to the simpleness of the garments, but seeing them on the step teams recruited from America they become one of the sexiest displays of couture we have seen in years. You can view amazing short Instagram videos here and here.
The clothing itself harkens back to Rei Kawakubo and the sort of dour, architectural, monochromatic items that were popular in the late 1980’s, but Ownes makes this all seem like a modern sort of Orange Is The New Black celebration of movement and practicality, you can stomp all over the world in this collection.
Yes, it’s amazingly refreshing to see such a display of badass diversity in couture, but this is who we are. Fashion should ultimately be made for women, all women, to wear. Showcasing them in this way makes one think about how the items could be incorporated into our wardrobes, this clothing is inclusive. And ideally, isn’t that how we want fashion to make us feel? Like this is for us. That the only thing aspirational about it is the price point.