Are they nuns? Is it a reference to ancient Egypt? A nod to (my favorite novel) The Handmaid's Tale? Are they druids? Does it even matter? Well, yes. He named the collection, "Priestesses of Longing" so it's fair to say that nature, lust, and religion were inspirational for him.
I was blown away by Rick Owens Spring/Summer 09 collection yesterday. I always think of him as being the king of furs and leathers but his minimalist approach for ready-to-wear has me swooning.
I think I would enjoy wearing such beautifully crafted hoods and wings and veils.
I think people look and see confusion but when broken down these pieces are actually very wearable. Look past the phenomenal but unrealistic runway styling and you see well made separates like trumpet leg pants, a-line coats, and bias cut dresses.