Rick Owens’ runway shows are never short of controversy, and the Spring 2016 show presentation is also cause for conversation. In between models clad in Owens’s darkly beautiful streetwear, women carried one another down the catwalk in an arresting balancing act. ‘’Every Rick Owens fashion show gets the reaction it deserves. Rick Owens is the master of telling an untold story’’ according to casting director Angus Munro.
From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like a reference to BDSM, but spectators, via social media, describe the show as “emotional” and “moving.” While the models walked, a singer crooned the line, “This land is mine,” over and over. Owens himself told Dazed that the collection is about “women raising women, women becoming women, and women supporting women.” A feminist statement? We can get behind that—though perhaps not quite literally.