Following the grand unveiling of YEEZY Season 2 at NYFW, we examine and critique Kanye West's latest fashion venture.
As the dust settled from NYFW's biggest presentation - the celebrity-filled, headline-grabbing extravaganza that was Kanye West's YEEZY Season 2 - there was one thought uniting editors, keyboard warriors and style commentators alike: what's different? The answer is not much, really.
Much like the YEEZY Season 1 presentation, Kanye sent forth an army of models decked out in highly-layered looks heavy in distressed fabrics and raw, unfinished hemlines. He took the previous season's minimal tones and stripped them back even further - nude, putty, khaki and clay made for a palette so mute it was almost impossible to distinguish one look from the next. With no statement pieces to speak of, this was a collection so low-key that it prompted scores of memes comparing Yeezy's latest venture to the garb worn by Jedi Knights and/or extras from The Walking Dead.
Kanye himself acknowledges that his particular brand of clothing borrows heavily from his idols - Raf Simons, Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela, to be precise - but in order to grow away from these influences, just like any fashion school graduate, he'll need to start with baby steps. His first collection was, moniker aside, for the Fall/Winter 2015 season, and presented a disheveled aesthetic that went in hard on the outerwear - most notably with colossally oversized parkas. For the following spring, he presented the same look but with lighter garments and an airier palette - not a bad thing at all.
If Kanye is serious about having a long-term career in fashion - which he certainly appears to be - then he's wise to keep his cards to his chest, growing slowly and organically. London's bright young talent Craig Green has found himself in a similar position. Having made headlines with his Spring/Summer 2015 collection that left attendees in tears, the designer has walked a familiar path with his subsequent collections - playfully experimenting with his now-established aesthetic rather than totally reforming himself for the sake of entertaining the fashion press. Despite being one of the biggest figures in the fashion world, Kanye West must continue his journey with similar caution.
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