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WHEN a male model at Rick Owens’s spring/summer 2016 menswear show took it upon himself to hold a personal demonstration on the catwalk – holding up a piece of paper that read, “Please kill Angela Merkel Not” as he approached the photographers’ pit – understandably the designer was upset. Now, he has shed light on reports that he assaulted the model when he got backstage.
“I was pissed at that moment. I thought, ‘Hey, this is my spotlight, and you fucked it up’,” he told Surface. “The whole reason I hit the guy was I knew if I didn’t react very strongly it might get out that this was some stunt that I had planned. Everybody had to know how strongly I disagreed with this. I don’t mind drama, but I don’t like death threats.”
“What he did was just so illogical,” he continued. “He was very accepted here and embraced by a community of people who were very affectionate toward him-a group that now feels more hostility toward him than I do because they feel protective of me. It was really a self-destructive gesture. That was my biggest problem-that it was a negative gesture. Whenever I do provocation, I’m always doing something that I feel is based on warmth and kindness and love.”