Rick Owen’s ‘human backpack’ at Paris Fashion Week

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Talks of Paris’ bizarre shows – I can name you three; Hussein Chalayan, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label and Rick Owen’s SS16 collections! Excuse the emphasis of the exclamation mark. Let’s go into detail of what the internet was freaking out about, mostly Owen’s show!

Rick Owen awe-struck the people of both the show and social media. Well-known for pushing limits and taking this season’s show to another extreme with a great surpass, Owen’s ‘human backpack’ show had a much more symbolic meaning to it than what you expect. Models walked the runway with another woman strapped upside-down to their torsos like a rucksack. Yes, the human backpack/rucksack whatever you may want to call it. Limbs dangling across the runway, surely it was heavy to carry another model as well as own the walk? Not by the looks of it.

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“Straps can be about restraint but here they are all about support and cradling. Straps here become loving ribbons” – Rick Owens

He also added in an interview with Dazed Digital after the show; “In the Spring men’s collection which shares the same name (Cyclops), that focussed vision was propulsive and aggressive. When applied to women’s, I see that focussed vision being more about nourishment, sisterhood/motherhood and regeneration; women raising women, women becoming women, and women supporting women – a world of women I know little about and can only attempt to amuse in my own small way…Straps can be about restraint but here they are all about support and cradling. Straps here become loving ribbons.” Say no more Rick we feel empowered already, maybe after carrying our sisters, friends similarly.

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