Rick Owens officially delivered on the challenge to add diversity on the runways. For his Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014 presentation he enlisted the talents of four –nearly all-Black– step teams. The audience had to be in shock when instead of slim, tall models a band of athletically built women came out in his pieces.
The British designer is no stranger to unconventionality, having had acrobatics and a rock band perform in the past. But for those of us who attended HBCUs and are familiar with step shows, it was interesting to see him take this approach.
The collection was composed of zipper jackets, vests, leather skorts, khaki button-ups and “Star Wars”-esque hoodies.
Now concerning the actual stepping… it was aight’. Having a group of four different teams would naturally lead to some coordination issues, but the ladies did their best and no doubt sweated out their Spring 2014 pieces.