I’m guessing German model Jera’s runway statement isn’t panning out quite as he hoped. Walking in Rick Owens‘ 2016 Spring Menswear show, the model unfurled a handwritten banner reading ‘Please Kill Angela Merkel,’ followed by the word ‘Not,’ which further confused the rather ambiguous statement. The stunt, which some have suggested is a protest against the German Chancellor’s approach to the Greek debt crisis saw the model, who has been an Owens staple for over a decade, escorted from the show and dropped from his agency.
Apparently his reputation isn’t the only thing which copped a blow, Owens was reportedly so angry at the unauthorised statement that things got physical when he left the stage. The designer told WWD, “It’s a crazy, rogue, fucking model that I punched when he came back out,”adding “Please say that I punched him.”
The irony of the whole palaver is not lost on Owens, whose latest collection was intended to be a protest against male aggression, with the designer quoted as saying “This model just gave into his aggression, and his balance was off. He became imbalanced. His aggression took over.” (nb: punching your longtime muse apparently ≠male aggression).
Owens’ reps have since released a more composed statement, saying, “Rick Owens does not claim responsibility for the act of protest by a model at the Spring Summer 2016 show. This was an independent statement and does not reflect the opinion of the house of Rick Owens.”