CLM casting director Angus Munro for Rick Owens.
Like all of us, when Rick Owens catches a flight he is obliged to transit through airport retail. This does not sit right with him. He said: “We are herded through that gauntlet of a very specific beauty and aspiration: of a certain kind of sexuality, a certain kind of face shape, a certain kind of body shape—and it’s unattainable.”
For Owens this experience epitomizes contemporary mass luxury and what he observes as an intolerance of difference that is the result of its function to sell a dream of sameness—a standard. “I call that standard ‘airport beauty.’ And I oppose it. And when I wear my platform boots as I go through the airport it is to oppose airport beauty. This is my resistance.”
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