Yeezy RTW Fall 2016

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Kanye West unveiled his latest collection, Yeezy Season 3, and his new album The Life Of Pablo last night in New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.

While Ye promised an one-of-a-kind event, the reviews were decided mixed. Allison P. Davis of The Cut said the show “was like dying and going to fuccboi heaven,” while Spencer Kornhaber of the Atlantic noted, “It was impossible not to feel a little bored. But it was the boredom of a long church service—healthy, the kind that makes you think.”

The third iteration of the Yeezy collection continues West’s minimalist, monochromatic, dystopian vibe, but it looks a bit less terrible than last time.

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To pull off the massive event, West hired scores of extras to model clothes in the appointed color scheme, but according to one anonymous participant, things were straight up weird.

In an essay for Jezebel, a young woman recalled the strange evening she had modeling in Yeezy’s show. While you should totally read the whole thing, this part stood out:

One of our instructions was that the theme was channeling a Rwandan refugee camp. We were Rwandan refugees. At this point, my mind was so blown. I was exhausted. I had been standing around for hours. I was honestly over it. I was like, I literally cannot believe Kanye has us out here dressed like refugees on this stage and we’re supposed to look sad and angry.

In the end, the directions worked. When it was all said and done she was pretty bummed and very angry.

There were people in the group that were like, “This is the best day of my life!” Mentally, it was tough because you’re figuring it out as you go along. You’re just expected to comply and follow. I felt like cattle. I felt like I was being herded into a concentration camp or something. It’s not something I would want to do again. But I wouldn’t say I regretted it.

It took almost an hour to get everybody wrangled together to turn in our looks and get our phones back. That whole process was when I really started to go crazy, sitting in this auditorium waiting for my number to be called. There was a point where I was like, “Fuck Kanye for this.”

Hawking overpriced bodysuits is one thing, but using genocide as inspiration for a fashion show? That’s a new low.

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  • mywordsaremypower

    So you put the dark skinned people at the front. To all the black models who partook in this fuckery shame on you. Your dignity and self worth is more then a credential from a man who needs help. Disgusting! considering how concious his father was I would not be surprised if he was looking downward with disdain. I love how everyone thinks he is being eccentric, and I’m here like he has a mental illness and it may have gotten worse since the death of his mother. If they managed to get him well again see how quick he drops the circus act rejects as family. I don’t feel comfortable laughing at him but I more than happy to judge his projects and this being the epitome of a new shade of low for the Kanye brand.How long now before he brakes down?

    • vintage3000

      These black models received $100 and a Subway sandwich (she did not even mention if chips and a drink came with their sandwich) for 10 hours of their time. Then to find out they were to compromise their dignity even further with the theme of this show. This is what any Black person gets for getting involved with koonye foolishness. Meanwhile he has launched another fashion line with glammed up white girls, i’m sure he paid them a helluva lot more.

      re: breaking down, I have often thought this negro might be gone enough to stage his own death just to see the world’s reaction.

    • mywordsaremypower

      What the hell is wrong with them. He is not a God or genius he just is very good at fooling people.He needs help and I hope he gets some too. Knowing Kanye he would of stinged on giving them anything more than a sandwich. The fact all they got was $100 that is nothing in the UK. I could make that in tips if I was still working in bar, maybe even more.I swear people of my generations are really delusional and just want to be seen as cool. One day they will look back on this and shake their heads in shame.I would not want to be remembered in this fuckery.