Being that New York Fashion Week commenced this week, it was only appropriate to mention one of the most diverse and up-incoming designers of the season, Mr. Kanye West. While people lined up hours before the show, Tidal music subscribers also waited patiently to get a glimpse at all the excitement. Both viewers and attendees were able to experience his new album “The Life of Pablo” overlapping with the fashions of “Yeezy: Season Three”.
The designs were similar to the two prior post-apocalyptic collections he’s produced in the last year, but precisely different in the format of how he conducted his runway show. Following the introduction to West’s new album, the diverse models were unveiled from what looked like a massive nylon sheet. There they stood, motionless through a majority of the show.
His star packed front rows and awkward role called positioned models were enough to start another media frenzy, but his politically charged and focus on model diversity fueled the very nature of this collection. But just how influential are his designs today– are people really being this stuff? Well apparently, yes. Besides wifey Kim Kardashian getting her partial wardrobe and daily styling cues from her hubby, critics seem to love these neutral tones he incorporates throughout each collection.
Last year, West’s $200 neutral Yeezy boots sold out immediately, then again and again each time he released the boots in limited quantity. If you looked down during his show, you probably saw the person next to you rocking the unmistakably and ultra-exclusive Yeezy Adidas holiday sneaker, a pair that so many missed the opportunity to own.
Though NYFW is a recent stage for West to capitalize on his many tiered levels of fame, one thing’s for sure, he sure knows how to put on a show worth paying attention to. The nylon assortment and the Adidas sponsored display itself resembles his bleak and drab personality, which in recent years the public has learned to expect from West. Kanye for President 2020 anybody?
All in all, rumor has it that his brand isn’t built for just the “Average Joe’s” and “Simple Sally’s”. It’s particularly tailored for those embracing the current genderless fashion movement, one that is sprouting up again prominently in the urban cities across New York. This collection is fittingly diverse for the local clientele but is most suitable for any creative individuals not looking to follow fashions status quo.
Photos courtesy of West's Team
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.