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Model Goes Rogue on the Rick Owens Runway

Friday 26 June 2015

A model caused an uproar in the Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2016 menswear show yesterday, after hitting the catwalk with a banner that said ‘PLEASE KILL ANGELA MERKEL… NOT’. Though the designer is no stranger to staging controversy in his shows (remember the infamous ‘penis collection‘ from last season?), he has stressed that the stunt had definitely not been planned, describing the offender as “a crazy, rogue, fucking model that I punched when he came back out.”

The model, named Jera, had been Owen’s muse for over 12 years, and has since been fired from his agency Tomorrow Is Another Day. It remains unclear why he chose to show the sign relating to the German politician – especially as the collection he was helping to model was themed around the concept of male aggression.

Quasi-political, ironic or just plain weird, we can’t help but feel it’s all gone a bit Zoolander…