Rick Owens punched his male model
The model made a political protest on the runway
Rick Owens punched one of his models after showing his SS16 menswear collection in Paris yesterday. WWD reports that the model, known as Jera, had pulled out a banner with the words "PLEASE KILL ANGELA MERKEL – NOT" written on it, mid-walk. Angela Merkel is the German Chancellor, by the way.
"I think it says Kill Angela Merkel or something? Is that what it said? I don't know because it was not my idea," Rick told Dazed. "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."
The fashion brand also issued an official statement saying: "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."