Rick Owens Fall 2016 - Runway Review
March 6, 2016
Paris’ enfant terrible Rick Owens presented a typically strong show — replete with abstract creative flourishes that saw models becoming organically cocooned in material. In one of the U.S.-born designer’s most colorful shows in recent memory, yards of purple, umber, jade, grey and off-white fabric were conjured up in divergent shapes — sometimes ruffled and draped and gathered down the body, or exploding horizontally across the bust. Nylon candy floss-style wigs signalled the obligatory turn to the abstract for the lauded 53-year-old designer as they completely enveloped the models’ heads, with the silken feeling of a spider’s web or a sticky butterfly cocoon. Despite this description, many of these creative looks were also highly saleable, and for once Owens’s paid attention to the female form — highlighting the shoulder and presenting some billowing pant designs that enviably elongated the leg.