In the news recently, there have been complaints from the runway regarding designers not using enough Black models in their shows. Well, Rick Owen's Spring '14 Paris collection embodied and flaunted diversity with a stepping crew in place of the usual gaunt models known to float down the runways!
Among the excitement and hooray's there has been criticisms regarding the stepping dancers he did use (plus size and a little far from feminine, bulky matter fact), I even heard labels of "slavery" suggestions! Ludicrous I think!
Should Owens be heralded for his statement show? I myself regardless of the model/dancers size just couldn't get my head around their butch, tomboy look. Trending chat already chastises Owens for not using the more girlie well heeled steppers that flood today's American Universities popular for the sport/past time. As a designer myself, I also feel some of the look was sacrificed as his signature Gothic drapes and cuts just didn't hang the same, they more or less pulled and tugged at the robust wearers, fashion after all should be flattering to whatever shape or size of the one wearing it. Further to the overall fact that those familiar with the "stepping" dance might of viewed this execution as a bit sloppy, a little out of sync-maybe rehearsal timing was a factor? and not ias up to date in stepping as styles today. But, this fashion! Entertaining it certainly was, and beautiful to see so many shades of black women, with empowered expressions march to a matrix style beat.
But ranting over! My verdict is snaps to Mr. Owens for putting it out there! Like it or lump it! The steppers served a in your face reminder that, we may not all be "archetype pretty" in size, color or height, but then again who is?! Beauty is diverse, and in the eye of the beholder as they say. Owens certainly didn't let his fashion guard down, delivering to us a terrestrial sea of surgically cut and molded leather tunic tops and layered ensembles in a sea of noir, clinical whites and subdued greens. The line of models/dancers Bravo!
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