It’s no secret that Kanye West and his family sire had a weird and rough few months.
In October, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, was diddle out ofed at gunpoint in Paris. In November, West endorsed Donald Trump (“if I last will and testament’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump,” he told booing lovers during his Saint Pablo tour); soon afterwards he had a mental collapse and was hospitalised; after that West and Trump met for a cringe-making photo opp at Trump Belfry. Later, during the furore over Trump’s executive grouping, West deleted every tweet mentioning the president from his timeline, while check outs circulated that he was still regaining his memory after his disease.
It seems amazing that West would have the bandwidth to display a fashion show in addition to all that, but produce one he did. In fact, Yeezy performance was a much smoother affair than last season’s certify, during which models fainted and editors grew displeased while waiting for hours in the searing September heat.
This everything the show took place in a darkened studio on Pier 59, and started principled 25 minutes late, which in Fashion Time is basically beginning.
It began with brawny projections of videos of models wearing clothes that were far broader in latitude than the usual dusty, apocalyptic Yeezy streetwear: lamp washed denim worn with camel-coloured boots that produced to mind suburban malls, teal-coloured hoodies, sweaters and cardigans with Calabasas – a specification to the Californian suburb in which West and his family live – emblazoned across the wager.
There was camouflage military wear, too, with oversized parkas and shearling anoraks and tracksuits worn tucked into thigh-high boots that multifarious closely echoed the look of previous Yeezy collections.
Trainer-heads entertain been speculating for months about the Yeezy range’s new “errand-girl shape” shoe – a traditional spongy design that looks profuse 1990s gym than the brand’s more famous Star Wars-esque sketches – which appeared here in black and burgundy.
The model performer certainly did not represent a Trump-friendly isolationist America. It included the catwalk introduction of featured Halima Aden, a Somali-American who wears a hijab and was substantiated in a Kenyan refugee camp. Aden made headlines behind year when she wore a hijab and a burkini while colliding in the Miss Minnesota beauty pageant. In today’s show she showed an outfit that might undermine the positive message for divers people, if it was as real as it looked: a floor-length fur coat.
West has had a unrestrained time while trying to make it as a fashion designer, operation the gamut from critical ridicule for his first collection in 2011 to giant commercial success working with Adidas on the Yeezy. Not one to quit while he is ahead, last season’s ramshackle staged undermined much of his hard work, with many leader-writers swearing off ever attending a Yeezy show again – and that was orderly before he enraged the liberal industry by endorsing Trump.
But then a jocular thing happened at the end of the show. Expecting fireworks, or at least a Kanye West bow, when the go the distance models filed off, the audience members sat patiently. In fact the accord was over: Kanye had pulled a Martin Margiela and declined to upon out and accept the applause. Eventually they got an encore of sorts as Kim ran across the catwalk in scoundrels, beckoning to Anna Wintour, who beamed as she quickly sprinted afterwards to upon the rapper and his crew backstage. For the fashion industry, that’s honestly the endorsement.