With YEEZY Season 5, Kanye West Hits Reset

With YEEZY Season 5, Kanye West Hits Reset

Here's what went down at the designer's most recent runway show.

Here's what went down at the designer's most recent runway show.

Text: William Defebaugh

Yesterday, Kanye West unveiled his YEEZY Season 5 collection—one that garnered Ye-level controversy before it even started, thanks to his failure to alert the CFDA when planning the show. Not to mention, editors were already skeptical about the idea of attending another YEEZY show, after last year's Roosevelt Island mayhem; rumors persisted throughout fashion week that many would boycott the show. But those who were faithful, or perhaps just curious, were rewarded with a very different experience.

Set at Pier 59, show-goers filed into a room and were promptly seated in a square arena surrounding a column made of four television screens. The affair began (relatively) on time, as the lights went down and each look debuted individually on the screens. The collection itself was comprised of numerous firsts for West: denim, non-monochromatic color-schemes (farewell to the hazy sunset hues of seasons past), and personal branding. Sweatshirts were emblazoned with Calabasas (home of the Kardashians) and Lost Hills, the rumored name of West's forthcoming collaborative album with Drake. Most notably was the casting, which saw the debut of Halima Aden, the recent IMG-signee who wore her own hijab in the show.

For better or worse, Season 5 was everything that Season 4 was not; the clothing was not as risk-taking, but thankfully, neither was the show. West played it safe this season, signaling a (much needed) reset for the designer. For a label helmed by a pop culture figurehead known for being as reactionary as he is talented, this should surprise no one.

Credits: Images courtesy of YEEZY

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