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Editorial

Rick Owens gave his audience a rain poncho to protect themselves from the water jets blasted by the fountains outside the Palais de Tokyo, where the show was staged. The collection was yet another reflection from the visionary designer on the global geo-socio-political situation, and in particular on the tragic consequences of climate change. And yet Owens spoke of hope and his creations were like so many movable wrappings draped and/or swathed around the body, with bumbag-like protuberances that perhaps contained the seeds of a possible future. Long or short, asymmetric and layered, the sculpture-dresses in the finale were like packing, which Owens called ‘meringues’, but that fittingly represented the potential image of a climate refugee fleeing an uninhabitable Earth.