Today, fashion media has absolutely blasted Kanye West for the execution of his Yeezy Season 4 show, and with good reason — an inconvenient location at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, models standing long hours in 80+ degree weather, and his typical “non-fashion” fashion. Let’s not forget the uproar that happened as a result of his casting call asking for “multiracial women.” However, it’s impossible to ignore the inclusion that was displayed at the show, which Kanye worked on with Vanessa Beecroft.
The 500+ models were lined up according to what color of Yeezy clothing they wore, donning minimal face and body makeup, which is basically unheard of in the fashion industry.
Both Teyana Taylor and Chanel Iman also walked in the show.
I also appreciate how the models are all wearing their own hairstyles — whether short, long, natural, or straight — even bantu knots.
Unfortunately, these unique aspects of the show were overshadowed by uncomfortable weather conditions and long hours of standing in the hot sun without water for the models (some in winter clothing).
Model undone by the heat at Yeezy. pic.twitter.com/vaZlisrMdm
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) September 7, 2016
Amina Blue even removed her shoes during the show because she could barely walk in the sky high heels she was wearing.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) September 7, 2016
It’s a shame that the show’s issues have become the main focus, rather than the models themselves, because they were absolutely gorgeous.
You can view the full stream of the Yeezy Season 4 show on Tidal, but you’ll need to log in.