Real world and narrative world sometimes interweave and bring up new stories which nourish our imagination.
Referential to the scandalous ballet L’Après-Midi d’un Faune, performed in 1912 by the Ballets Russes on Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Rick Owens’ Spring / Summer 2015 collection titled FAUN was a mix of brutal instincts and opulent decadence. Frayed denim tunics and jackets hanging from models with cross-torso silk sashes reminded of prehistoric men with a roughly sophisticated look. The fluidity of silk and light-weight fabrics created interesting movements against the boxy and stiff silhouettes. Distorted figures, based on a member of the Owen’s team sketches, were embroidered upon long sleeved t-shirts and tops, suggesting a dual contrast between the primitivity of the images and the fine embroidery technique. As if they were sci-fi tribal warriors, some of the models were completely body painted, recalling the faun of Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy masterpiece Pan’s labyrinth. Among the deconstructed pieces and patchworks, Owens’ aesthetic was distinctly recognizable, reworked through a color palette which included pastel tones and beautiful purple shades that already featured in the designer previous collections as well as the metallic pieces. Indeed, with FAUN, Rick Owens took his most established elements and playfully experimented with them exploring new directions to achieve unexpected results.
The illusion always escapes and we do not know whether or not our memories exist.