Kanye West is definitely a showman—but his latest runway show for New York fashion week was at best, low key, and at worst, unmemorable.
Yeezy Season 5 marks West’s fifth season collaborating with sportswear brand Adidas. The musician garnered a lot of attention leading up to the show, which originally conflicted with Marchesa’s time slot at 5 p.m. After a little beef with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, West decided to reschedule his show two hours earlier at 3 p.m at Pier 59 Studios, a NYFW-favorite venue.
While most fashion insiders have come to expect West’s runway shows to pretty much be an anything-can-happen kind of event, this season proved them wrong.
Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times summarized it best:
Attendees entered the show to a near pitch black room, which of course, made it difficult to find their seats or see who was actually at the show. Turned out guests in the front row included buzzy-designer and West’s right-hand man, Virgil Abloh, Hailey Baldwin, La La Anthony, ASAP Ferg, and of course, Kim Kardashian West.
The show started 25 minutes late, which is actually considered early in the fashion world (it’s also a big improvement from Yeezy Season 4, where guests suffered in the heat for two hours at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park). It began with a voice-over followed by images of the models projected on a big black screen at the center of the runway.
The most notable additions to the Yeezy line were the denim pieces, like high-waisted jeans and shearling-lined jackets (a.k.a. everything we’ve been seeing on the runways). The Snapchat-famous Calabasas track pants also made their runway debut in red and orange colorway. For Sneakerheads, the show introduced a new pair of kicks, dubbed the “Yeezy runner,” which came in black and burgundy.
Perhaps the most significant moment of the show was when Halima Aden, the Somalian-American model who has recently been signed by IMG models, made her highly-anticipated fashion week debut. While she was shrouded in a massive fur coat, her foray into fashion was certainly momentous.
After being projected on the screens, the models then strutted down the catwalk IRL. The show then ended rather abruptly. Unlike most designers, West didn’t come out to take a bow after the finale. Instead, attendees sat awkwardly for a few minutes until his wife got up and headed backstage.
The fans’ biggest complaint was that the show was not being live streamed as it had previously. In fact, there were signs barring media, although many attendees captured a great deal of the show.
After so much controversy leading up to the show, it was surprising to see West’s latest Yeezy installment to be, well, normal. Will there be another show next year? Who knows.
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