With the conclusion of the global Spring 2014 Fashion Week, we probably all have our answers to the question — which was the most impressive show in your opinion. And I’m sure many have the same answer as I: Rick Owens.
Not because of the clothes, though. The models.
This was perhaps the first ever runway show in the fashion history that was presented by a college step team featuring African-American full figured women each wearing an angry face.
I barely watched through the show. If it had not been for Rick Owens, many front row guests would have left too. It was just not aesthetically pleasing. These poor girls were forced to frown and twitch their mouths during the performance and the choreography was mediocre. The clothes, already altered to fit, still looked too tight on their bodies that limited their movements.
At the first glance, we all understood the simple message Rick Owens was trying to convey: fashion diversity. But I’m afraid it just back-fired. This show seemed to become a demonstration of why there were few black models on stage.
Being a minority myself in the western world, I never think “over-reacting” is the best way out. In fact, all you need is “Just Do It”. Despite one’s skin color or nationality, the fashion world never rejects real talents. There are a growing number of Asian top models walking for the most coveted brands, not because they are Asian, but because they are good at it. Similar to designers such as Prabal Gurung, Thakoon Panichgul, Olivier Rousteing (current designer for Balmain) and of course Tracy Reece, none of them made it by making a big fuss about their races.
I wonder if Rick Owens will upgrade their body forms in store as well. But anyways, I will monitor their sales report really close!