LeeAnet Noble, Dancer

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Yesterday in Paris, Rick Owens sent a troupe of  American step dancers—rather than willowy models—down the runway to debut his Spring 2014 women's collection. We caught up with the collective's captain/choreographer, LeeAnet Noble, backstage:

"I have been stepping for most of my life—I was in the show Stomp on Broadway and I had done a show before with one of Rick [Owens]’s producers. Rick had seen some videos online of sorority stepping. Women steppers are hard. When they came out with stepping in sororities, they embodied the intensity and togetherness that the men's groups had previously shown, the sisterhood. And when Rick saw the clips, he thought that their intensity embodied the vicious pieces, strong materials, and colors in his collection.

I'd heard of Rick Owens through hip hop songs, in lyrics where guys rap about him, but when they called me in New York about the idea, I did some research and basically screamed, ‘Oh my goodness!’ They said they needed 40 women steppers, so I called everyone I knew that would be great for this project, and a lot of them didn’t believe me at first. The idea was to bring stepping—something that has roots at colleges and in the streets—to a new level of high art.

The clothes are comfortable, so I love them. I’m always dancing, and I’m also a drummer—I need things that I can move in! I don’t walk around in high heels and tight skirts. [Laughs]. What we wore for the show is perfect for me.

I also never wear makeup unless I’m doing a show. I like to go natural, and use simple cleansers. I especially like the Bioré masks. When I do wear makeup, I love CoverGirl’s Queen collection by Queen Latifah. The colors are great and still natural.

If everyone’s wearing one thing, I like to change it up a little bit by turning something sideways, adding a funky bracelet, or ripping something, so I just touch the trend."

—as told to ITG

LeeAnet Noble photographed by Emily Weiss at Rick Owens Spring 2014 in Paris on September 26, 2013.

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  • http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/ Nomadic D.

    Dear Rick Owens, I have always loved your leather jackets and therefore, you, but now I love you just a little bit more.

    http://www.nomadicd.com

  • renaphuah

    Amazing and powerful x

  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    Awesome. Reminds me of that pre-match ritual that New Zealand rugby team do - really powerful. Actually give the clothes much more of an interesting showing than the usual catwalk stuff.

    • sarah

      it's called the 'haka'. a challenge to the opposing team. i guess in this case it 's the fashion world. i love the big 'f-you' that is rick owens ;-)

  • Jenny Martineau

    "touch the trend". yes. also, now i want to wear all of rick owens's clothing. mission accomplished!

  • Amanda

    Totally agree that the intense performance was perfect for Rick Owens's clothing. And the outfit in this post is badass down to the sneakers.

  • http://thehorticult.com/ The Horticult

    LeeAnet's skin is amazing, so I believe the whole usually-no-makeup thing. Also, the look she's wearing is perfection!

    Now...off to find more footage from this show.

  • Casallina

    Love this, loved the show. LeeAnet has great skin. Kudos to Rick Owens... such a great, unique way of showing his collection.
    http://casallina.com

  • Camille Ervin

    I honestly cannot get over how epic this show was. Rick Owens took the fashion industry to a whole never level, and for that I applaud him.

    http://www.brownandvelvet.blogspot.com

  • kimair

    this is why i love ITG; you not only feature the boldface names, but the behind the scenes faces and the game changers. can't wait to see the video of the show in its entirety.

  • abaratus

    This show was mesmerizing and introduced me to Michele Lamy via Rick Owens. A Top shelf for her in the future
    would be so amazing!

  • k8

    one of the most inspiring, interesting, & beautiful runway show's i've ever seen......plato's atlantis hew?????

    leeanet was amazing, im not surprised to learn she was the choreographer, she really stood out in the vids i watched of the perf. love everythign she says here,......and now i really want those sneakers

  • Genevieve

    !!!!!!!!!!

  • Jinna

    I love this so much, it brings tears to my eyes. Forget political correctness, this artistic choice is brilliant. THIS is female power and beauty. THIS is style, revolution, everything fashion would like to imagine itself to be. BRAVO RICK OWENS.

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again - I LOVE that he chose to show his collection in movement! Not just walking in a straight line up and down a runway, but really MOVING. If you can stomp in this stuff comfortably, you can live in it comfortably. And that's something fashion sometimes forgets to show people.

    Thanks Mr. Owens!

  • http://thehorticult.com/ The Horticult

    Steppers' fierce/iconic "grit face" alone is worth an ITG story.

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