Rick Owens Men’s SS25: A Call to Action

Two hundred models embodied Rick Owens' message of unity in the Men’s SS25 show at Palais de Tokyo.

Commanding the direct attention of guests (and those in surrounding streets), the haunting, melancholic march of Beethoven’s No. 7 Symphony blasted through speakers, sending ripples through the Palais de Tokyo pond. It was a call to attention for Rick Owens’ men’s SS25 collection, an impressive declaration of the importance of community.

Following last season’s reimagining of American life, inspired by Owens’ own difficult experiences within his hometown, his latest collection is a celebration of the place where the designer found his people: Hollywood.

The show began with models in light, flowing near-transparent chiffon capes marching down the stairs of the courtyard. Soon, another troop followed, wrapped in sheer fabric tops and Owens’ modernised take on a gym short. Group after group of marching models cascaded down the stairs, in a seemingly never-ending parade, until a group caused guests to stand up from their seats, impressed by the feat of human strength. A ‘gymnast bouquet’ arranged by Ylva Falk, the composer of the notorious “Women Carrying Women” SS2016 collection, descended the stairs, held up by a bevy of strong models wearing opaque white hoods on their heads and layered sheer shirts.

Inclusivity seemed to be a theme throughout the show, evident in the notably diverse casting, which included fashion students, faculty, and, star of the show, trans icon Allanah Starr. In a statement released to guests, Owens spoke of the need for unity and reliance on one another within the face of the current world experiences – a feat expressed quite literally during his show.

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