Rick Owens SS16

How do you compete with last season’s shocking fashion week moment in which Rick Owens sent his male models down the runway “exposed”? Twelve year Rick Owens model and muse, Jera,  continued the tradition and brought a surprise to everyone at Paris Fashion Week yesterday. Walking the runway in a draped sea foam green dress and black shorts, Jera sported a sign reading “Please Kill Angela Merkel NOT”. When Jera returned backstage, Owens reportedly punched Jera. Owens discussed the irony of his models actions, talking about how his previous collection was about protesting male aggression, and how his models actions were aggression driven.  Rick Owens explains saying, “Like, when does ambition and efficiency spill over into aggression? And this model just gave into his aggression, and his balance was off. He became imbalanced. His aggression took over.”

Embarrassed by his action, the house formally made this statement: “Rick Owens does not claim responsibility for the act of protest by a model at the Spring Summer 2016 show. This was an independent statement and does not reflect the opinion of the house of Rick Owens.”

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