Fashion editors far and wide decried Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 show as boring, uninspired, poorly organized, a pain in the ass to physically get to and even cruel to the poor models forced to wait for hours in the heat in those thigh-high boots. And the people at CFDA were none too pleased when Kanye failed to coordinate the timing of this season’s show with them, inadvertently scheduling his so that it overlapped with Marchesa (he later moved it up two hours). Some editors, apparently, were sick of the drama and decided to boycott the show altogether.
But luckily for Kanye (and his staff), this season’s offerings are both inoffensive and wearable, thanks largely to the fact that West opted to integrate some color, rather than dressing his models up like large, sentient Band-Aids. Oversized sweatshirts, track pants and puffer coats in navy, black and jewel tones build on the brand’s signature athleisure look and are sure to be popular with both the streetwear set and all those Instagram models who can rock the “no pants” look.
Those delightfully pointy boots — arguably the best thing ever to come out of Yeezy — are also back for another round and better than ever, because they’re not flesh-colored and you can’t see through them to the wearer’s poor squished-up toes. There’s also a pretty bananas fur coat that I feel confident Kim Kardashian will wear artfully draped over her shoulders at some point in the coming months, and that apparently Sia vehemently objects to.
Season 5, as many have noted, is a pretty safe collection that seems poised to fly off the shelves. It’s a far cry from the best thing out there, and it’s pretty obvious that were Kanye not Kanye, we wouldn’t be paying half as much attention.
But he played nice with editors, picking an easily accessible venue and starting more or less on time. He apologized to the CFDA, moved his show, and didn’t even orchestrate some giant Kardashian spectacle — only Kim and Kylie were in attendance. That sound you just heard is the fashion world breathing a collective sigh of relief.
Photos courtesy of INDIGITAL.