Update: Kanye West's Yeezy Season 4 fashion show took place in New York overnight our time, and despite the glitzy FROW and cool, unconventional location, it seems that Kanye left editors seriously unimpressed.
Firstly, buses had been arranged to ferry guests to the Roosevelt Island location but press were left stranded (and as one editor wrote on Twitter, left feeling like they were "being kidnapped") on the buses for more than an hour due to traffic.
Once they finally arrived at the location, it wasn't the clothing on the catwalk (which followed a similar aesthetic to previous seasons) that had them disgruntled, rather it was the conditions in which the models were forced to operate in.
The show began an hour later than anticipated, so the models standing in the centre of the square catwalk (where there was zero shade), were in position well ahead of the start time. One model passed out before the show even began, and as the spectacle started, more and more models abandoned their "stand still" orders to sit down on the grass after the mid-30 degrees heat became too much. HollywoodLife
reported that after just 20 minutes into the show actually starting, more than 30 models were sitting down.
Editors tweeting from the show noted that none of the Yeezy team came to the aid of the models, instead, it was show attendees that were offering them water and checking if they were OK. Stella Bugbee, the editorial director of The Cut, was particularly vocal on Twitter:
In addition to the heat, several models who walked the catwalk had trouble walking in the Yeezy shoes. Amina Blue, who has appeared in previous Kanye shows, stopped to take off her shoes as she was unable to walk in them. Another model had to be helped down the runway by a member of the audience after her ankles looked as though they would give out in the boots.
Many media outlets have branded the show a "hot mess" but Kanye is yet to make any statement.
- Maddison Glendinning
Original article: Kanye West's mysterious fourth Yeezy fashion show took place today in New York. Here's everything you need to know in real-time on location:
Update, 4:45 PM: Models walked a triangular-shaped runway surrounding a field of additional models who stood lined up wearing spandex looks, all matching their skin tones.
Sofia Richie walked the show, making her New York Fashion Week runway debut:
Teyana Taylor and Chanel Iman closed the runway:
The aerial view of the show:
Update, 4:30 PM: Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner have arrived:
Update, 4:00 PM: Models have begun to line up across a field in skin-coloured spandex looks, similar to Yeezy's past collections. Unlike last season, the show's soundtrack is not set to the tune of West's latest tracks but instead atmosphere music. The cast of models features young girls all of different body sizes and skin tones.
The show's official venue is Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island.
West is selling Yeezy Season 4 merch outside the event, just in case show-goers want a souvenir. T-shirts that have the official invite printed on them are being sold for approximately Dhs275.
Update, 3:30 PM: The Yeezy Season 4 show has been pushed back to 4:00 PM instead of its original 3:00 PM start-time.
Models rumoured to be walking in today's show were spotted boarding buses to Four Freedoms Park in Roosevelt Island.
Update, 2:00 PM: Guests boarded a surprisingly low-key coach bus (no decked out Yeezy charter here) from Chelsea to the show's location on Roosevelt Island, New York.
Via Harper's Bazaar US. Images: Erica Gonzales