We’d like to think it all began with Zebra Katz and a little fire. Back in 2012, Rick Owens mesmerized the fashion world with his Fall collection, and not just with the shapely coats and sweeping dresses he sent down the runway. It was the environment: With a blaze of fire burning behind the catwalk and Katz’s addictive “Ima Read” (which became an instant sensation after the show) blaring on the soundtrack, Owens’s show took on a new performative element.
Since then, Owens has sent out seminude male models, a troupe of step dancers, and set a show against a falling wall of bubbling foam. For his Spring 2016 collection today, the designer added another item to his résumé of unusual ways to make people rethink the runway: eight-limbed models created by harnessing two women together, one carrying the other. Some models hung upside down, others came back-to-back with a second face peeping out of the rear of coats. Perhaps the best way to describe the strapped-together bodies is as a cross between an elegant Dr. Frankenstein–like experiment and what a troupe of skydivers harnessed together might look like once they landed on earth.
See them—and Owens’s other subversions of the standard runway format—in the slideshow above.
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