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!
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(Photo: The Cut)
Scientists have created genetically-engineered mice with artificial human chromosomes in every cell of their bodies, as part of a series of studies showing that it may be possible to treat genetic diseases with a radically new form of gene therapy.
Unlike conventional gene therapy techniques up to this point, the new process behind building these gene structures produces a 47th chromosome that does not interfere with the normal operations of the regular 46 set.
As described by Dr. Kouprina of the U.S. National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland who is involved with the project, “The idea is to take skin cells from a patient, turn them into stem cells and insert human artificial chromosomes (HACs) into these stem cells with healthy copies of the disease gene. These cells, with the extra chromosome, can then be inserted back into the patient to treat the illness.”
I cannot even begin to fathom the potential this has to treat hereditary illnesses and beyond.