Written by Melanie Burton, September 9, 2016

Rapper-turned-designer Kanye West had his Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on Wednesday, and it didn’t go well at all. In fact, fashion website Women’s Wear Daily went as far as to describe the relationship between the press and Kanye as “abusive.” Ouch!

It’s safe to say that Kanye’s latest show, held on Roosevelt Island as part of New York Fashion Week, wasn’t nearly as successful as his season 3 collection in February.

From the bus ride to the show being likened to a school excursion, to models fainting in the sun and falling over because their shoes didn’t fit, it sounded like a complete and utter disaster!

And post-show, Woman’s Wear Daily writer Jessica Iredale summed up her experience with some pretty harsh quotes…

1. “Adidas should be embarrassed.”

2. “To a great extent, fashion and the press have only ourselves to blame. We’ve been world-class enablers of Kanye West, allowing him to put us at his mercy.”

3. “Round-trip, the event clocked in at about four-and-a-half hours. This is behavior that would not be tolerated from true design visionaries — Karl Lagerfeld or West’s friend Riccardo Tisci. Not that they would display such audacious disrespect for people’s time.”

4. “[It was] a collection that was at best predictable … [West] clung to unoriginal territory: oversize hoodies, parkas, T-shirts, bra tops and tight-knit tank dresses in pale colors, mostly worn with over-the-knee boots.”

5. “It’s almost surprising West, who is quick to congratulate his own creativity, continues to rely on something that’s become a bore.”

6. “Whatever political or cultural statement West was trying to make by casting only black models for his show and staging it on the lawn in Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park — dedicated to freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear — rang hollow.”

7. “When some of the models fainted, there was no medical attention or staff intervention. Rather, other models fetched them water and they stayed put.”

8. “Some of the boots were so ill-fitting, they looked like they might snap the models’ ankles.”

9. “In one truly desperate case, a model, sweating under a black hooded coat,was so hobbled by her boots, Bruce Pask of Bergdorf Goodman escorted her down the runway.”

If that wasn’t enough, Stella Bugbee, editorial director of The Cut, summed up the general reaction to the show by tweeting, “The most responsible thing we could all do would be to write NOTHING about this show. #YeezySeason4.”

Meanwhile, Editor of Sole Collector Gerald Flores wrote, “Overheard on the Yeezy Season 4 bus: “It feels like we’re being kidnapped.”

Better luck next time, Yeezy!


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