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Robin Givhan: Rick Owens's Powerful Rejection of Conventional Beauty (TEXT and VIDEO)

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From the first models who strode out to thumping drumbeats, the Rick Owens spring 2014 presentation projected an energy not typical on a Paris runway, or any other in recent memory.

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Yvette S (35)
Friday September 27, 2013, 2:09 pm
Great! :)

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday September 27, 2013, 2:23 pm
Rick Owens, just what is it you are trying to portray???? This presentation looked like a group of mad people in a dark back alley. Yvette, I don't understand why you say "Great" with a smiley face???

Thanks Carrie.

Jonathan Smithsonian (3)
Friday September 27, 2013, 2:31 pm

Carrie B (306)
Friday September 27, 2013, 7:20 pm
I think it's wonderfully powerful ~ portraying strong women who are not clothes hanger models!

Sheila D (194)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 8:09 pm
Strong women do not have to be ugly, or make themselves be ugly, mean, nasty, etc. Think Princess Di, Mother Teresa, Queen Elizabeth I & II, Hilary Clinton, Maya Angelou, and so very many more, in so many walks of life. One doesn't have to be a clothes horse to be weak. You may not agree with the politics, but you can not say these women aren't strong.

This presentation went overboard. I wouldn't think any of these young women were necessarily strong just because they wore some of the ugliest crap I've ever seen and their expressions matched. I wouldn't want to meet any of them, talk to any of them - all just because of the nastiness shown. Negative power and vibes.

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 7:22 am
Noted, thanks.

Jonathan H (0)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 11:02 am

Birgit W (160)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 12:39 pm
Who cares.

Joanne D (38)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 2:07 pm
Some of the clothes were pretty cool. The show of strength was very powerful. I personally think the facial expressions of "conventional" models are at least equally off-putting! If this is the only runway slideshow you have ever looked at, try a couple of others. Fashion is a contemptuous attitude, "we are better than you" industry. It would be really cool if this show could make some kind of a dent, almost any kind of a dent, in that facade. Back to the clothes for a second - I have yet to see a collection of which I would wear more than one or two at the most of the clothes, and I have seen a lot of collections over the years (not in person - I wish!)

Carrie B (306)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 3:36 pm
I agree Joanne. Conventional models look haughty and unapproachable. These women didn't look threatening to me ~ rather they looked strong and determined. Most clothes at these "fashion shows" definitely aren't designed for everyday wear or everyday women.

Julie W (32)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:56 am
From one extreme to the other! Surely you don't have to look angry and mean to be unconventional? The whole thing was ugly and unattractive - clothes and models.
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