Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy. It's time to address the confusing concept that is Kanye West's fashion line.
The rapper/fashion designer/outspoken public figure has debuted four collections at New York Fashion Week, each one more puzzling to the industry than the last. And though many thought his stunt at Madison Square Garden last season would be his most talked-about moment, it seems season 4 may have been his breaking point for fashionistas.
After his Yeezy Season 4 spectacle on Roosevelt Island that left attendees less-than-pleased and models sitting in the hot sun for hours, many fashion writers seem to be over the whole Kanye West aesthetic.
West started his fashion career by making a statement with his first Yeezy collection, pairing nude body stockings with simple sportswear. The bold presentation of models standing in line left a positive mark at its February 2015 show in New York. But over the years, the Yeezy aesthetic hasn’t seemed to develop much.
Though his apparel raises eyebrows on wearability, his shoe collaborations have been all but boring. Starting with his first kicks for Louis Vuitton in 2009, West has developed shoes with brands including Nike and most recently Adidas, launching his must-have Yeezy Boost designs.
After four seasons of West apparel, it’s time to admit it: We just don’t get it. Maybe his genius goes above our heads, or maybe it’s time for West to stick to making awesome beats and cool kicks. But just like waves, Kanye's career as a fashion designer probably won’t die anytime soon.
Let’s take a look through the seasons of Yeezy, where West went from showing shocking streetwear to turning out unfortunate, boring simplicity.
Body stockings galore
At the Adidas Originals x Kanye West Yeezy season 1 presentation, West's combination of sportswear and fitted body stockings had us intrigued. A little scared, but intrigued. (Credit: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole)
Wait... isn’t this season 1?
The second appearance of Yeezy at New York Fashion Week in September 2015 was nearly a repetition of his first line. Though creating a brand is important, the addition of hoodies didn't do much to help his collection stand out from the original collection. (Credit: Getty Images / Randy Brooke )
Yeezy at the Garden
Who can forget Kanye's now-infamous Madison Square Garden presentation, where Yeezy models posed around the arena while West's album, "Life of Pablo," blasted through the speakers. Perhaps an elaborate album plug, Anna Wintour seemed all but pleased with the presentation. (Credit: Getty Images / JP Yim )
Not-so-much fun in the sun
Unfortunately, heat and the epic bus ride that attendees took (as well as the major show delay) seemed to overpower any apparel that hit the Roosevelt Island runway. After hours in the blazing suns, some models needed to sit down and needed water. (Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy )
Those shoes, though…
Let's face it: The Yeezy Adidas line (like these Yeezy 750 Boosts Kanye himself is sporting) never seems to disappoint, and anyone who's lucky enough to buy (and afford) these kicks are instantly stylish. Kanye, let's stick to coming up with amazing sneakers and leave the models home and out of the heat. (Credit: Getty Images / Stringer / Valerie Macon )