You’ve already heard about Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3 show, but let’s recap the highlights. Last night, the designer-slash-musician-slash-artist staged a public event in New York’s Madison Square Garden to simultaneously debut his new album The Life of Pablo and his latest collection, made in collaboration with adidas (who West gave a shout-out to for generously bankrolling the evening).
The show kicked off like the latest chapter in the real-life soap opera of the Kardashian-Jenner family. The entire clan entered dressed in white custom Balmain x Yeezy, like some sort of religious vision – there was a platinum-blonde Kim cosying up to Anna Wintour; mainstream America’s trans heroine Caitlyn matching with Kendall in holey sweater dresses; and even Lamar Odom, who took a seat next to ex-wife Khloé Kardashian. To the dismay of the tabloids, first born (and still unseen) son Saint was presumably tucked up in bed.
Working once more with performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, West created an art piece in which hundreds of models stood on and around structures that looked almost like a refugee camp, briefly taking breaks to sit down when the exhaustion got too much. They wore the sporty, utilitarian garms that have become West staples, upgraded with colour. Young Thug, Ian Connor and supermodel icon Naomi Campbell also all took to the stage, the latter dressed in a black bodysuit and floor-length fur coat. As they stood, West’s new album played – the highly anticipated record featured the likes of Rihanna and Frank Ocean, as well as a slew of self-referential lyrics like “I love you like Kanye loves Kanye”. It was a one-night West fest, a self-tribute to the man who, whatever you think of what he has to say, has certainly got the entire world listening.
Click through the gallery above to see the looks – sent directly from West’s team, they appear to be the outfits worn by the models on the raised platform, rather than in the crowd.