Rick Owens Fall-Winter 2018-19 Paris Fashion Week. Rick Owens, provocateur, this time wrapped and twisted thorny territory of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.
“Baubles, Bangles and Beads.” It’s not exactly where you’d expect to find Rick Owens, but there was that “Kismet” song — in several versions including a quivering rendition by Liza Minnelli — on the soundtrack of his fall women’s show. “You’ll glitter and gleam so you’re gonna make somebody dream so that some day he may buy you a ring,” go the lyrics. Owens thought it was timely to share his thoughts on the subject.
“Clothes are about communication, and a lot of times are about seduction, and I was just thinking what does that mean right now?” Rick Owens said at backstage. XXXL outerwear indeed is a new trend for the next fall. “I see it as coquettishness,” he said of his bulbous silhouettes, likening them to the historic use of exaggerated bustiers and panniers in women’s clothes. “There was a sly wit in those days. We don’t see that sly wit in fashion now. That was a very sophisticated, almost provocative, almost bordering on ridiculous wit.”
Owens qualified it as “arte povera seduction” in his show notes, questioning who writes the rules of attraction. If you go with this than certainly you’d know that a woman is seductive when she feels comfortable and powerful in her clothes. Rick Owens announced XXXL size is the most powerful for new season.