Kanye West Impresses With Low-Key Yeezy Season 5 Show
Rapper Kanye West appeared to be a no-show at his own Yeezy Season 5 runway presentation during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday.
The Flashing Lights hitmaker unveiled his new urban clothing collection for sportswear brand Adidas at Pier 59 in a much more low-key manner than his previous fashion showcases.
At the September debut of his Yeezy Season 4 collection on Roosevelt Island in the Big Apple, many models fainted on the runway in the sweltering late summer heat while walking in broken stilettos. The hip hop star also received criticism for busing fashion reporters so far away from Manhattan for the outdoor event that began almost two hours late.
However, this time round, it appears Kanye made a concerted effort to simplify his presentation, choosing to showcase his clothes with far less fanfare.
A-listers such as U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour and French style icon Carine Roitfeld, the rapper’s sister-in-law Kylie Jenner and her musician boyfriend Tyga, and model Hailey Baldwin made an appearance at the show, alongside Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian.
Kanye’s models included Somali-American Halima Aden, a hijab-wearing former Miss USA contestant who generated buzz last November for donning religious gear at the pageant.
When the show was over, Kanye declined to grace the runway and take a bow, leaving some attendees wondering if he even showed up to the presentation.
Kanye’s Yeezy Season 5 show was his first since he was hospitalized in November after suffering a reported breakdown. New York Fashion Week organizers decided to drop him from the official event roster earlier this month, claiming the star showed “disruptive” and “bad behavior” by neglecting to inform them of his plans for his presentation.