Yeezy Season 4 Kicks off NYFW

Yeezy Season 4 runway.
And as usual, the reviews are mixed.

Ahead of the game in everything he touches, Kanye opened this season's New York Fashion Week with his Yeezy Season 4 collection. At 3PM, in the baking summer heat of New York City, celebrities, editors, bloggers, and anyone blessed enough to have received a coveted invite began to line up at the abandoned terrain at the Smallpox Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island awaiting the exclusive presentation. Nearly two hours after being greeted by a slew of immobile models, all dressed in nude, black or green body hugging leotards and short length dresses and skirts, guests were finally given their first glimpse of the collection as a model emerged onto the outdoor runway around 5PM. This time around, while Kanye seems to have ditched the disheveled baggy clothing and opted for some more form fitted, bodycon looks, the show seemed to follow the typical Yeezy theme of dystopia and earthy, neutral colors. Both on and off the runway, celebrities such as Sofia Richie, Chanel Iman, Teyona Taylor, and the ever present Kardashian Klan debuted the Season 4 clear knee high boots and low knit black boots along with beige and white bra and bottom combos, belly cropped black dresses, and some signature off shoulder and hooded sweater dresses.

Just like the divide opinions regarding the show's controversial casting call, the reviews are mixed. Forgetting the bus delays, runway tumbles, and the occasional fainting episodes, many critics are saying that the designer put a lot more effort into the collection this season, and that most pieces seemed more 'feminine' and put-together overall. 

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But could that just mean that Yeezus is finally beginning the cave into the fashion world’s pressure to conform and follow the trends of structured conventionality? One thing is for sure, whatever opinion you may have for this season’s clothes shouldn’t disqualify the successful work that has continued to emerge from the rapper-designer’s collections, past and present. And although it may seem as if he’s always at work creating more impressive and appealing apparel, Kanye also clarifies that his clothing is here to change the way we dress—and not just as a passing trend. “I want to make pieces that can be timeless,” he told Vogue, “Pieces that you can pick up out of a vintage store in 20 years and say, ‘Wow, I’m happy I have this.’ ” For now at least, we’re happy to be able to witness the non-stop motion of Kanye West’s very original talent.

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Rika Mpogazi is a Deputy Fashion Features Contributor at Couturesque Magazine. Her style alternates from flowy peasant blouses and seventies flared pants to head to toe monochromatic minimalism. Her opinion, however, is as stubbornly imposing as the game changing fashion figures she loves to write about (and occasionally stalk when she's navigating through Instagram @la.sappe).

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