Yeezy Season 4: Fainting, Stumbling Models and Mixed Reviews
Kanye West debuted his Yeezy Season 4 collection for New York Fashion Week today (September 7), which was available for live stream on TIDAL and available for real-life viewing on New York City's Roosevelt Island if you were a member of the tony NYFW crowd. In addition to the assorted Kardashians and journalists shuttled in by the busload, attendees included fashionable Friends of 'Ye such as "Panda" rapper Desiigner, Pusha T, Fabolous and A-Trak. The show was either incredible or a face-in-palm mess, depending on who you ask (diehard Kanye stans vs. fashion journalists, respectively).
Prior to the event, Kanye had drawn press for his "multiracial women only" casting call; presumably some of the uniformly-stunning and diverse models were cast through that audition, while well established faces including Teyana Taylor and model Chanel Iman walked as well. Another model tried her best to walk, but stumbled due to what appeared to be shoe malfunctions. Model Amina Blue fully decided to take her shoes off mid-strut. One even fainted because of the heat, according to multiple sources.
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The view from overhead, on the other hand, was visually striking.
And then there were the clothes themselves. Amid the monochromatic streetwear looks were an assortment of tan pieces resembling support garments and an array of crumpled over-the-knee boots, including a plastic pair previously seen on Kim Kardashian. If you're a fetish worker who's also looking for a sexy girdle, give Yeezy Season 4 a gander!
Kanye himself took the runway to accept his applause and say thanks just before 5 PM eastern time. The show's start time had been pushed back an hour due to staging delays.
Spin called the show a "total disaster," while USA Today went with "a hot mess." In an interview published this morning, the "Famous" rapper, producer and designer spoke to Vogue about the new collection.
"I want to make pieces that can be timeless," he said. "Pieces that you can pick up out of a vintage store in 20 years and say, 'Wow, I’m happy I have this.'"
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