Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens

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Photo: Francois G Durand/WireImage

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Turning fashion on its head: surreal photos from Rick Owens' Paris Fashion Week show

Priyata Brajabasi @PriyataB

Fashion has always pushed boundaries - and Paris Fashion Week has always been the most avant garde of the lot.

But even by those standards, Rick Owens' Spring-Summer 2016 show last week was all kinds of surreal.

At the show, models walked down the runway wearing other models upside down, or strapped on like backpacks.

Think of them as human accessories.

Few had the time to register the clothing in any detail, captivated as they were by models in harnesses, a tangle of legs, arms and chests, faces too close to crotches for comfort - all set to the music of Exodus.

If you follow Owens' work - and more pertinently his shows - you'll know spectacle is his thing.

He's the same man who sent male models down the runway in oversized peep-hole garments that exposed the audience to bare, swinging penises earlier this year.

Previously, his Spring-Summer 2014 show brought together arguably one of the most diverse group of models on the ramp ever, with a step team showcasing their moves and his clothes in one fabulous performance.

This year, though, pushed the boundaries in all-new ways.

Owens said he was inspired by the bonds between women. "I see [my vision for the collection] being more about nourishment, sisterhood/motherhood. Women raising women, women becoming women, and women supporting women," Owens said in a statement. "Straps can be about restraint, but here they are all about support and cradling. Straps here become loving ribbons."

The concept, which Owens has said was inspired by an image of Leigh Bowery shot by Annie Liebovitz, used professional gymnasts on the ramp. Owens also pointed out that we show women as 'sugared dolls' often enough, and felt it was time to depict their resilience and strength under strain.

We're delighted to celebrate female strength and female bonds anytime, but off the ramp, we'd prefer to do it less literally. Meanwhile, here are some of the most surreal moments from the show.

Priyata Brajabasi

Priyata Brajabasi @PriyataB