It seems like even fashion maverick designer Rick Owens has his limits. During the avant-garde designer’s recent 2016 Spring/Summer runway show at Paris Fashion Week, a model named Jera from TIAD agency unfurled a piece of cloth with the words “Please kill Angela Merkel — NOT” scrawled onto it in an unplanned act of protest. Said Owens backstage after the show, “It was not my idea. He pulled it out and I punched him when he came off stage. He’s been my male muse for the past 12 years or something and I think he just felt comfortable enough to do something in a show and I’m furious.” An official statement from the label released later said that “Rick Owens does not claim responsibility for the act of protest by a model at the Spring/Summer 2016 show. This was an independent statement and does not reflect the opinion of the house of Rick Owens,” and asked that press photos blur the message upon publication.
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