7 times Yeezy’s Season 5 Proved Kanye Is A New Man
The Debrief: Gone are the days of Madison Square Gardens takeovers
Yesterday Kayne showed his fifth collection in collaboration with Adidas, and it was like nothing he’s ever done before. The show was subtle, graceful and humble. It ran (nearly) on time (just 25 minutes late), there was no grandiose performance, and the focus was on the clothes. Presented in near darkness, models were the only things shrouded in light, and even then the press were given a closer look as their outfits were projected large on electronic screens. Is this a dawn of a new Yeezy era? Here are seven reasons we think so…
1. The Invite Was A Sweatshirt
Why send out a printed card when you can send out a ‘Lost Hills’ sweatshirt?
2. Kanye Acted Very Reasonably And, Considerately
Yeezy’s show last September was widely criticised, NY Mag’s The Cut went as far as calling it an ‘unmitigated, scene-stealing disaster’. Held far from the rest of NYFW in sweltering heat on Roosevelt Island, models wilted under the sun and tripped and slid in unpractical shoes. Many, like Fashion Unfiltered’s editor Katharine Zarrella, gave it a scathing review as it clashed with a popular presentation of young, newly graduated designers fresh from Parsons. But, Kanye’s learnt from his mistakes. He booked Pier 59 this season, which is around the corner from fashion week’s main hub and – surprisingly – he agreed to switch slots, so his showcase didn’t clash with any other designer’s.
3. Yeezy Means More Than Just Sportswear
West debuted denim at this autumn/winter 17 show. There were jeans tucked into boots that were high rise and loosely fitted, like a 501, shearling lined denim jackets and boot cut pants. The collection had its usual sneakers, sweatshirts and condom body-con but it also featured camo cargo pants, plaid and even a full-length fur coat.
4. The Casting Was Diverse
Kanye had come under fire in the past for lacking diversity in his shows, especially when he sent out a casting call for only ‘multiracial’ models. As a step in the right direction, he put Somali-American Muslim model Halima Aden in his line-up.
5. Kylie Jenner Almost Missed The Start Of The Show
The youngest Jenner, who sat front row with Teyana Taylor and Hailey Baldwin, needs a new watch. Kylie and Tyga arrived five minutes after the show started. Awk.
6. Kim Kardashian Dressed As The Aubergine Emoji
Unlike previous seasons where she's been draped in show-stopping Balmain, she wore head-to-toe mauve. From her lace-up shoes and sweatpants to her down coat, she looked like a walking-talking eggplant.
7. KimYe Proved Anna Wintour Is Putty In Their Hands
Kanye didn’t take a bow at the end of the show. Instead, Kim ran across the catwalk, pausing only for a second to pick up American Vogue editor Anna Wintour and beckon her backstage. Anna reportedly gleefully followed.
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