The 38-year-old rapper-turned-designer hosted a last-minute NYFW show for his new Kanye West X Adidas Originals Collection (Yeezy Season 2) on Wednesday, Sept. 16, and the bold-faced names who turned up for the star-studded event were aplenty. Despite much controversy over Kanye West’s decision to show off the official New York Fashion Week calendar, the rapper unveiled his second installment of Yeezy on Wednesday afternoon.
Much like Yeezy I, which was made in collaboration with Adidas (Yeezy II, is not), clothes included nude body suits and layers upon layers of utility separates (parka jackets, long coats, oversize knits, hoodies, and tailored canvas pants) in colors ranging from blush, to army green, brown and then black.
One show attendee, using the Twitter handle Who Is Mike, recapped the show in one tweet: ‘Kanye West out here dressing models like they’re from district 12 in the Hunger Games.’
Another wrote: ‘Kanye West proves that it takes a lot of money to look incredibly poor,’ and a third person noted: ‘Kanye’s clothing line is LITERALLY how I used to dress when I was a homeless teenager.’
But there was also some positive feedback for the rapper posted on the social media site, with leisurewear brand Adidas Originals sending West a public message of support, tweeting: ‘Today adidas long-term partner Kanye West presented a collection as a designer in his own right. Congratulations, Mr. West! [sic]’
One fan, posting under the username Markus Robinson, said of the collection: ‘@kanyewest did a great job with hisYeezy Season 2 presentation. Love him or not he isn’t taking ‘NO’ as an answer.’
A host of fashion journalists showed their support for the designer, with the Financial Times’ Jo Ellison writing in her show report: ‘Were the clothes in this Desert Storm meets Spanx collection good? Surprisingly so. If you want a dark olive sweatshirt, or sand-coloured snow boot any time soon, you need look no further.
‘These earth-toned basics were a sartorial no-brainer, although I would caution anyone to wear a flesh coloured bodysuit without checking their rear view in the mirror beforehand. Kudos, too, for the lack of branding.’