Kanye’s Fashion Week Fail

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Everything We Know About Yeezy Season 2.

In this Sept. 10, 2015 file photo, Kanye West appears at the Brother Vellies Spring 2016 collection presentation during Fashion Week, in New York. Kanye West is possibly the biggest Will Ferrell fan there is, so there can be little doubt he knew that his shabby-chic fashion line would be immediately be compared to Derelicte, the homelessness-inspired line pioneered by Ferrell’s designer-villain Mugatu in Zoolander.Kanye West’s presentation during New York Fashion Week showed off his baggy, rural collection in a military style as Anna Wintour, Lorde and Kim Kardashian — holding baby North West — sat in the front row.Between anger over the last-minute scheduling and rumors about Kanye West’s outrageous non-disclosure agreements he forced models to sign, there was a lot going on at the NYFW presentation of Yeezy, Season 2.

The child gave off humorous expressions as she sat on her 34-year-old mother’s lap and had next to her none other than Vogue editor Anna Wintour (who appeared disapproving the last time the little one attended one of Kanye’s fashion shows, back in February). There’s little chance, too, that he’s surprised about comparisons to The Walking Dead zombies, Hunger Games revolutionaries, and the episode of Project Runway where the challenge was to imagine the future and the contestants just came up with sad Ewok hoods.

The collection was launched in four sets: First a woman entered the stage wearing tan, almost the same color as her skin, and she yelled, “First row, fall in. The rapper put on a surprise presentation of his new collection with Adidas, Yeezy Season 2, during which Kim sat front row with their daughter alongside Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner (Kylie Jenner actually walked the runway for it). The rapper’s previous clothing collections have been compared to Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, and Rick Owens, a fact for which he declined to apologize, saying “I don’t care if you can see the influence in something, as long as I made it better.” I have no idea whether he made it better. The Models: According to The Mirror, West may have alienated quite a few high-profile models when he asked them to sign an over-the-top contract forbidding them to discuss him, Kim or any member of the Kardashian-Jenner Klan. Though some may see the outfit as risque for a pregnant woman (she is expecting a son in December), it was undeniably chic as the beige colors of her top and leggings blended perfectly with her long trench coat, making her look like a nude wonder.

Nori—who looked beyond cute in an over-sized beige sweater with her hair pulled to the top of her head—was much happier to see her papa’s show this time around, but that didn’t stop her from making at least a little bit of a commotion. Fresh from declaring an improbable bid for the US presidency, rapper West pulled in celebrity friends to unveil the second edition of his military-inspired Yeezy fashion range.

As far as her glam look, the daughter of Kris Jenner, 59, was made up for her close up with heavily lined eyes, beige lips and a stylish hair do consisting of a slicked-back side part ponytail. High fashion, the world in which West has inserted himself, is like any other art form with “high” in front of it—a place where traditions and codes have been developed by a subculture over years, and that is somewhat impenetrable to outsiders. Other famous guests were singer Lorde and rapper Drake, with West’s star sister-in-law Kylie Jenner and model of the moment Gigi Hadid among those who strutted the catwalk. Models marched in military formation to barked, martial-style orders as West revisited the high-rise nude leotard and tights look that characterized the first season of his line—sponsored by Adidas—and still not available in retail stores. Judging by the three-and-four-figure pricepoints recently revealed for his Adidas-backed Yeezy Season 1 pieces, he’s so far failed in that mission; then again, he’s all said along it would take time: “My end goal 10 years from now would be to have everything at a Zara level.” In one way, though, West has in fact created a populist disruption in the fashion world, simply by getting a whole lot of new people to pay attention to it.

Kim teased her husband’s upcoming collection on Thursday night by posting Instagram snaps of herself wearing a beige Givenchy peplum skirt with matching thigh-high, peep-toe and open-heeled boots. The cutie was eventually taken backstage to calm down, and Kim was later photographed back at her seat to support her hubby sans their teary-eyed daughter.

The Yeezy woman of spring/summer 2016 cuts an androgynous figure kitted out in gray combat boots, high-rise leotards, matching tights and masculine, bagging tunics and military-style jackets. West’s show was livestreamed on the Internet and simulcast in movie theaters around the globe; he premiered a song there, and the crowd was a mix of fashion luminaries like Anna Wintour and pop ones like Drake. Refinery29 said it wasn’t “as revolutionary—or ‘pavement-cracking’—as promised,” while many others were less than impressed by the neutral-colored, oversized sweaters and distressed leggings.

For better or for worse, his second collection seems to be a true continuation of that, incorporating more of the same military-inspired ease with a largely nude palette and minimalist aesthetic. Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, Courtney Love, Common, Michael Strahan, Seth Meyers and former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley watched from the front row while Jaden Smith, R&B singer Miguel and rapper Pusha T watched from the second row. Creative director Jason Wu told AFP backstage that his sensual collection was inspired by Bauhaus, the inter-war German art school known for form, functionality, color and shape. “I wanted the clothes to move, I wanted the tailoring to take all the stuffing off the tailoring, everything had movement, and there was this real sense of femininity,” he said. There were also three tuxedo-inspired dresses, which Wu said to him were “pure boss”—its tailoring DNA “but feminized, reimagined, rethought.” “It’s not about big ball gowns anymore,” he said. “I think there is a new way to be dressed up and I thought it was a very nice proposition for the modern woman.” Public School duo Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne unveiled their first collection for DKNY, featuring lots of black and white, after the label’s founder Donna Karan stepped down in June.

American designer Michael Kors, who sits atop a global fashion empire, unveiled a romantic collection that he said embraced “natural glamor” and “earthly elegance.”

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