Kanye West Acknowledges Criticism of Yeezy Season 4 Fashion Show
Kanye West presented his fourth annual Adidas x Yeezy Season collection earlier this week (Sept. 7) during NYFW. Big names like the Kardashians, Pharrell, Pusha T, Fabolous and more were all in attendance to support the Chicago rapper/designer's newest line. Kanye and his team shuttled attendees and press to Roosevelt Island where models were positioned wearing his latest collection. Unfortunately, Yeezy's newest season ran into some obstacles.
The show was largely criticized for the way models were treated. What looked to be hundreds of women were forced to stand directly under the sun for hours because the show began late. The heat drove many of the female participants to sit down during the show and some models even fainted. In addition to the temperature, a handful of models had trouble walking in the Kanye-designed shoes. Model Amina Blue took off her shoes in the middle of walking the runway. leading to rumors the shoes broke.
Stella Bugbee, who serves as Editorial Director for New York Magazine’s The Cut, live-tweeted her disgust for the show. “This is shameful and horrible and I regret coming,” Bugbee wrote after seeing the models fall. “Honestly Adidas should be ashamed.”
In light of the negative reviews of the show, West used his Saint Pablo concert stop the following night (Sept. 8) in Washington D.C. to address the criticism head on.
"Today, I needed to hear these songs," said 'Ye in between reciting lyrics from his song "Power." "I needed to rehear these lyrics of these songs that I wrote at the time when I had to overcome these certain controversies... Y'all know what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the fashion show yesterday. I want y'all to look at it with your eyes and not your ears. When you the LeBron, if you don't bring home that ring it's your fault."
In addition to his public pep talk, 'Ye took to Twitter to share his own thoughts on the criticism.
Keep your head up, 'Ye. There's always next season. In case you didn't catch a live stream of the Yeezy Season 4 show, check out the photo recap below.
Here's a Photo Recap of Kanye West's Yeezy Season 4 Show