Backpacks have been all the rage lately and designer Rick Owens decided to incorporate the trend into his Spring/Summer 2016 show in quite an interesting way at Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 1.
The first models hit the runway in sheer sleeveless coats and dresses with asymmetrical hemlines, while the rest followed sporting a human backpack. Yes, you read that right.
The designer took to Tumblr the day after his show to answer questions about what inspired him.
“There was an Annie Leibovitz image of Leigh Bowery carrying his wife Nicola in a harness they would use for a birthing performance that I always loved. It was transgressive and sweet at the same time. I thought doing it with women would be a nice interpretation and developed other poses from there,” Owens wrote.
This was nothing out of the ordinary for the designer, who is known for his daring shows. Last year he showed off his penis cloaks and in his Fall/Winter 2015 show, he had a strict no-underwear policy.
“I think people don’t realize how selfish I really am,” Owens wrote on Tumblr. “I was doing something that I would want to go see. I didn’t expect everyone to like it — just hopefully enough that it would allow me to continue doing things I like.”