Rick Owens Tones it Down on the Runway With Horror Movie Makeup

Naked penises and human backpacks are tough acts to follow.
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Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images

Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images

Rick Owens is the rare clothing designer who regularly puts on fashion shows that are weird and wild enough to cross over into the mainstream media. Think back: Even your random Facebook friends from high school who think Moschino is a type of preserved cocktail garnish were posting about spring 2016's human backpacks and the exposed penis of fall 2015. But because it's good to keep 'em guessing, Owens opted for restraint at his fall 2016 men's ready-to-wear show, merely sprinkling in a few male models done up in horror movie makeup among their bare-faced peers.

The beauty look in question seems to find its basis in the 1960 French-Italian film "Eyes Without a Face," which WWD reports was a reference point for the collection. In the black and white horror flick, a doctor goes about stealing young women's faces in an attempt to graft them onto his daughter's skin after she is disfigured in an accident; for much of the movie, she wears a pallid mask.

Because there is always something to be learned from runway beauty, we'll just say that the team's work here is a gleaming example of remembering to carry your face foundation down the neck in order for your makeup to look as natural as possible. Then blend, blend, blend.

Photo: "Eyes Without a Face"

Photo: "Eyes Without a Face"