From the moment the first step hit Rick Owens's runway, Instagram and Twitter lit up with activity — the most buzzed about show of Paris Fashion Week had begun. One of the performers was Tess McHugh (center), who, along with her eye-catching hair and fellow teammates from New York based group Soul Steps, proved the power, strength, and "viciousness" of the Spring 2014 collection.
We caught up with McHugh, who got her start stepping in sixth grade before performing at Williams College and ultimately going pro in New York City, and talked about everything from grit faces to just how long they practiced before the house lights went down in Paris.
A personal photo album and the story behind the show that Rick Owens called "more wonderful than I could have dreamed!" right here
The looks were monochromatic, and the competitive dancers Owens flew in from the United States for the show fell naturally into teams. The dancers wearing black were the first to come down a set of double stairs and perform for the assembled editors followed by women wearing white and cream. The whole thing culminated with the dancers linking arms to form a human chain that snaked backstage.
Reactions from the editors in the crowds were strong and immediate. Susie Bubble tweeted that the display was "the most powerful and provocative statement this season, nay in the last decade," while Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo called it the, "Fiercest, realist, wildest show ever!"
In an Instagram caption, Cosmopolitan's newly minted fashion market director, Shiona Turini, wrote she was glad to see the teams "representing a culture so often overlooked in this industry. This meant so much to me it's unreal."
Take a look at videos from Owens runway show here.
There are runway shows and then there are runway shows, and for Spring 2014, Rick Owens put on a show! Strutting gave way to stepping when the room was overtaken by Owens's crew, who created what is sure to be one of the buzziest moments of the entire week.
Of course, it was also about the clothing, and the tough, structured designs and street-worthy leather sneakers were worthy gear. Structured solid black, white, and khaki uniforms gave us as much to talk about as the performance itself.
A wind machine and big blocks of dry ice created the wintry backdrop for Rick Owens's Fall 2013 show, a dramatic fusion of Japanese tailoring and fabric mixing.
With Fall here, celebrities are fully embracing coats. Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez have opted for black and white outerwear, while Penelope Cruz and Kim Kardashian are all about slick black leather trench coats. Penelope sported her Versace coat as a dress with black platform pumps while promoting her new flick Twice Born in Rome, while Kim also belted her black leather trench and wore it with black over-the-knee Tom Ford boots and oversize wrap Rick Owens sunglasses in London. If you want to get in on this badass celeb-approved outerwear trend, shop similar coats below. This Max Studio black leather trench coat ($398, originally $798) is our favorite — great price and quality.
Before a single model came down Rick Owens's runway on Thursday, the backdrop for his Spring 2013 show started gushing soap bubbles that fell to the ground in fluffy, cloudlike mounds.
If viewers didn't interpret that bit of theater as Owens foreshadowing a light, airy collection, then they certainly figured it out by the first exit, a strapless, silvery-gray dress cinched at the bust and hem over a longer, sheer skirt. In fact, save for a handful of black gowns toward the middle of the show, all the looks were presented in various shades of taupe, beige, cream, white, and silvery gray — much like, well, clouds. The shapes of the clothing echoed that sentiment with their volume and materials. Many of the pieces, including an eye-catching off-the-shoulder gown with an iridescent skirt, were generously proportioned, and there were a few plastic rain slickers thrown in for good measure. Owens also played with decoration in this collection. Some of the final looks were accented with little knots or bits of fringe, and circular metallic hardware kept a few sleeveless jackets closed. Which makes sense: it's a good idea to button up on cloudy Spring days.
For Spring '13, Rick Owens showed a slightly softer side of his subversive nature today, opening up his runway show with an array of light, voluminous strapless dresses and sheer layers. Given, the designer's penchant for sharp angles was still very apparent — his models all sported razor-sharp alien-like wigs and chained sandals — but there was a definite move toward easy, draped shapes and beautiful embellishments like the white fringed skirts, knotted tops, and slinky metallic gowns. Meanwhile, his lineup of structural leather tops and jackets is sure to please his devout following. Owens has always catered to the underground cool kids, but this decidedly softer collection just might be the gateway drug for fans on the fence.
Joan Smalls hit up the the red carpet at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin working the printed-pants trend with polished sophistication. Up top she wore a sheer black blouse and on her feet black ankle-cuff sandals. The striking model then accessorized her stylish separates with a black leather clutch and small hoop earrings. Take a cue from Joan and spice up your nighttime wardrobe with a subtly sexy sheer blouse, printed trousers, and ankle-cuff sandals for a perfectly primped date look. Shop similar pieces below to get started.
Celebs are officially obsessed with the motorcycle-jacket trend, and we are super excited to see them varying the style from leather to suede. As you know, suede is just a form of leather with a napped finish, and its nonshiny appearance opens up a whole new category for the biker-chic trend. Olivia Wilde layered her tough TheEternal leather jacket over an embroidered dress in NYC, while Emma Roberts chose a black suede moto-style jacket to rough up her black-and-white frock in LA. Whether you're looking for a black leather jacket, a suede topper, or a bold colored number, step inside to see a handful of celebs in various styles, and then shop our favorite leather and suede picks.