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Rick Owens Slams Conventional Beauty At Paris Fashion Week
Sleek silhouettes and entrancing runway music were put on hold in Paris last week for Rick Owens’ 2014 spring collection. Instead stomps, shouts, and a stream of American step dancers thumped out onto the runway to showcase the designer’s latest work.
Stepping (the choreography that exploded on stage) is a form of competitive dance that combines synchronized stomps, arm movements, hand gestures, and yells. It’s reminiscent of the precision of your high school’s marching band, but with the hype of the football players taking the field.
Owens collected the dancers from four different step teams in the U.S. in a move to reject the fashion industry’s standards of beauty and encourage diversity on the runway. The models’ full figures, athletic legs, and varying heights only added to the impact of the collection, which featured earthy tones, leather vests, tunics, and makeshift high tops.
The girls strutted with fierce faces—literally—putting the traditional model pout to shame. There were frowns, snarls, intimidating smiles, even straight-faced stares. The overall message? A defiant attitude and loud confidence.
Well, Mr. Owens, we definitely got the message, and we’re hoping to see more everyday women on the runways ASAP!
—Ashley
Feeling confident and bold? Try one (or all) of our top makeup picks from New York Fashion Week!
(Photo: The Cut)

Rick Owens Slams Conventional Beauty At Paris Fashion Week

Sleek silhouettes and entrancing runway music were put on hold in Paris last week for Rick Owens’ 2014 spring collection. Instead stomps, shouts, and a stream of American step dancers thumped out onto the runway to showcase the designer’s latest work.

Stepping (the choreography that exploded on stage) is a form of competitive dance that combines synchronized stomps, arm movements, hand gestures, and yells. It’s reminiscent of the precision of your high school’s marching band, but with the hype of the football players taking the field.

Owens collected the dancers from four different step teams in the U.S. in a move to reject the fashion industry’s standards of beauty and encourage diversity on the runway. The models’ full figures, athletic legs, and varying heights only added to the impact of the collection, which featured earthy tones, leather vests, tunics, and makeshift high tops.

The girls strutted with fierce faces—literally—putting the traditional model pout to shame. There were frowns, snarls, intimidating smiles, even straight-faced stares. The overall message? A defiant attitude and loud confidence.

Well, Mr. Owens, we definitely got the message, and we’re hoping to see more everyday women on the runways ASAP!

—Ashley

Feeling confident and bold? Try one (or all) of our top makeup picks from New York Fashion Week!

(Photo: The Cut)

50 Game of Thrones Braids, The New Face of Dior Homme, and More
Game of Thrones is over. Sob. Make the GOT love last a little longer and scope out 50 of the epic show’s best braids. [The Cut]
Outdoor yoga, boot camp, and paddleboarding, oh my! Here’s a comprehensive guide to outdoor and summer-centric fitness in New York. [Well+Good]
Bold lips are always one of our favorite go-to looks—but pairing a crimson pout with a cropped cut? Shear genius. Here’s how to rock it. [BeautyHigh]
Dior has just named Robert Pattinson the new face of Dior Homme. [WWD]
OPI has released a set of six pretty iPhone cases featuring—you guessed it—their best-selling shades. [SheFinds]
—Candice
(Photo: HBO)
Calling all puppy-loving New Yorkers! This weekend, Bark & Co is hosting their first ever Pupup Shop—a puppy-owner matchmaking and adoption event. 

50 Game of Thrones Braids, The New Face of Dior Homme, and More

—Candice

(Photo: HBO)

Calling all puppy-loving New Yorkers! This weekend, Bark & Co is hosting their first ever Pupup Shop—a puppy-owner matchmaking and adoption event. 

Backstage at Fashion Week, The Birchbox Guide to Awards Shows, Curling Irons and Burnt Hair and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend. Don’t forget to join us on Sunday for our live Twitter coverage of the Oscars!

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  • How To: Match Your Personality to the Awards Show: The Oscars are this Sunday! (If you didn’t know that, we can’t be friends.) We’re extra excited for the show, but even if the high glamour of the Dolby Theatre isn’t for you, we’ve got the awards show with your name on it. 
  • Birchbox Man March 2013 Box Preview: Three things appear in this video which have us totally envious—golf ball juggling, long-neck beer bottle koozies and fancy leather shoe horns. Belated Valentine’s day presents, anyone? 

  • A Cautionary Tale of Curling Irons and Burnt Hair: We couldn’t believe this gasp-inducing video—this young beauty guru managed to completely burn off a section of her hair with just her curling iron. 
  • 5 Reasons Girls Type Like Thiiiiiissss: Female tendencies to elongate words with extra vowels has been a buzzy topic of discussion on the interwebs this week—from The Atlantic to New York Magazine. Herewith, a quick guide to understanding all the extra lettersssss.

Catch up on all the week’s news with our Morning Must Reads.