There was a two-hour bus trip to Roosevelt Island. There were models passing out. There were $75 t-shirts. But there was no water in sight. You've likely heard all of this, from the scathing reviews that came, one after the other, out of Kanye West's infamous Yeezy Season 4 fashion presentation. A WWD reporter, for one, accused Kanye of having "audacious disrespect for people's time" The rapper himself, who was silent for days on the matter, has finally fired back. Well, kind of.
Kanye's recent social media posts have obliquely hinted at the #NYFW event. On September 9, a series of Tweets collectively said: "It's our life's mission to create the most transformative experiences. Each and every one's time, insight, and feelings are invaluable to us. We want to make people feel great. Thank you for embarking on this creative journey. With love and respect, Kanye West."
Vanessa Beecroft, the visual artist behind the show, has also addressed the chaos. And Adidas, which presented the, um, happening, has also spoken up. After models had demonstrable difficulty walking in the heels—and Amina Blue even took hers off to strut the runway barefoot—the German brand insisted that it takes "quality control very seriously" and will ensure that the shoes are tweaked before they reach consumers. But the shoe company also seemed to pass the buck: "These particular boots are actually not a part of the Adidas collaboration," a spokesperson for the brand told WWD.
For her part, Kim Kardashian West is sticking to her Yeezy Season 4 story: there's nothing better than thigh-high plastic boots. Period, end of story.
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