PARIS — Although French society prides itself on its secularity and dogged pursuit of the the ideals laid down during the Enlightenment, it is not without its commitments to the ceremonial. Rick Owens has spent many years in France and this predilection for the ceremonial if not quasi religious found great voice Thursday afternoon in Paris for the American designer’s women’s Fall / Winter 2017 collection. Glitter as the collection was called, like the men’s before it in January, shone brightly in the subterranean depths of Palais de Tokyo, although in muted earth tones. Owens is fond of draping, which without complication can become ceremonial from the off. This collection, however doubled down on all that and went for full headpieces, many comprised of exaggerated sweatshirt sleeves stretched over framing, that would not look out of place in the Vatican or on Vulcan. Owens reportedly was up for some levity with this collection, which given the the dire state of, you name it, climate, international relations, fake news, is most welcome. On the afternoon Odette Pavlova closed the runway show was as joined by a further trio of models at Next including Marie Violaine Chenal, Jay Wright, Klementyna Dmowska.

Credits include: Client, Rick Owens; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Fall / Winter 2017; Clothing design, Rick Owens; Styling, Panos Yiapanis; Hair, Duffy; Makeup, Sammy Mourabit; Casting, Angus Munro at AM Casting; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.