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Published on September 27th, 2013 | by Kailei Carr


Rick Owens RTW Runway Show Turned Step Show

Photo courtesy of NYTimes.comBy Kailei Carr

Can I tell you how I have instantly fallen in love with Rick Owens? We heard all of the commentary from Bethann Hardison, Iman and others during NYFW about the lack of diversity on the runways. This week, during Paris Fashion Week, designer Rick Owens (who is from California but has lived in Paris for years) had a stage full of women of different shapes and shades essentially turning this fashion show into a step show. I have to say, when I saw some of the snarls on the faces of those ladies I was getting flashbacks from my step show days. They were looking like they were doing an Omega Psi Phi tribute during a probate show for real! Granted, this one show does not all of a sudden make Paris Fashion week the poster-child for diversity, however, we give credit to Rick Owens.

But not everyone is happy about this. Some black Greeks feel like Owens was using something that is sacred to black fraternities and sororities to put on a “show.” As a member of Delta Sigma Theta, I can say that I don’t believe stepping is only a “black Greek” thing. It has traditionally been something that the Divine 9 fraternities and sororities have adopted as a way to express themselves and as a part of their traditions and rituals. However, it’s not solely only done by fraternities and sororities. The Fashion Bomb Daily includes some interesting perspectives in this post.

So kudos, Rick, for breaking out of the norm and bringing something fresh and fun to the runway as well as featuring women — “real” women — who are of different shades and shapes!

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Kailei is the co-founder of The Vyne. She is an expert shopper, digital marketer and has conducted extensive research on African American women.

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