Before a single model came down Rick Owens's runway on Thursday, the backdrop for his Spring 2013 show started gushing soap bubbles that fell to the ground in fluffy, cloudlike mounds.
If viewers didn't interpret that bit of theater as Owens foreshadowing a light, airy collection, then they certainly figured it out by the first exit, a strapless, silvery-gray dress cinched at the bust and hem over a longer, sheer skirt. In fact, save for a handful of black gowns toward the middle of the show, all the looks were presented in various shades of taupe, beige, cream, white, and silvery gray — much like, well, clouds. The shapes of the clothing echoed that sentiment with their volume and materials. Many of the pieces, including an eye-catching off-the-shoulder gown with an iridescent skirt, were generously proportioned, and there were a few plastic rain slickers thrown in for good measure. Owens also played with decoration in this collection. Some of the final looks were accented with little knots or bits of fringe, and circular metallic hardware kept a few sleeveless jackets closed. Which makes sense: it's a good idea to button up on cloudy Spring days.