I am all for Art, and even more when two of my favorite forms merge together, and that’s fashion & music. And last night when the Yeezy 3 Show at Madison Square Garden and Kanye West TLOP Album unveiling was a hybrid between a concert and theatrics, I felt torn.
For one, I used to respect Kanye West as a Musician when he first released his album, it was fresh and his lyrics were creative, but when he started to get all “Yeezus” and let hot air get to his head, well, that was that. And when he decided to tap into fashion and dubbed himself a “creative genius”, I silently wept inside and just bit my tongue, hard. And his Season 2 Collection of neutral basics were even bearable but nothing out of the ordinary. I can even get past his collaboration with Adidas and his Yeezy boosts. And when Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got married, I thought “bravo!” Those two are made for one another.
West’s latest Yeezy 3 collection shown yesterday at Madison Square Garden was something from an apocalypse. The clothes were high end street wear, hobo-chic. I can picture a piece every now and then caught in the lens of Julien Boudet of bleumode (one of my favorite street photographers) because he knows how to capture moments and make the it look so damn cool. Or one of the Kardashians decked out in it head-to-toe. But I unequivocally prefer the former, for the sake of my own sanity.
Those thousands of cast (I hesitate to call them models) standing stock still is the work of his artist collaborator Vanessa Beecroft, but what exactly was the purpose of this? was it West’s interpretation of the current reflection of the streets of America and how the world outside of fashion views the spectacle that goes on during fashion week? Maybe I am looking deeper than I am supposed to.. or perhaps he’s onto something? Nah.
The closest thing fashion-y about the show at this point were the presence of Anna Wintour sitting frow and the likes of fashion icons; Naomi Campbell, Veronica Webb, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek (each in body-stockings and big fur coats) as part of the show.
If there were two take-aways from the evening was that West is releasing an album called TLOP, The Life Of Pablo, and if the album cover title isn’t much of a giveaway, yes, “Pablo” is Picasso (one of the pantheon of maverick geniuses) which West has self-proclaimed himself to be apart of. And the other, was a Video Game that West has created as a tribute to his beloved Mother. Donda, as an angel riding a Pegasus in pixel form. Feels more like an eerie Yeezus heaven klan. Every Kardashian-Jenner, from Kris and Caitlyn down to North, wearing kustom white Yeezy x Balmain ensembles that Olivier Rousteing designed for them. (Yes, he’s there, too. As is Lamar Odom, because Yeezus Heaven forbid we forget Lamar Odom, though I truly do feel bad for the guy… but I digress.) In Yeezus heaven you get to be closest to Yeezus himself at his altar, the DJ booth, and hang with A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz and Tyga and Jayden Smith – oh and a lot of blunts. And THIS is not something we question, because who questions miracles?
But seriously, all theatrics and joints aside, I have to ask, where is the fashion? what happened to fashion? Is Anna Wintour’s presence relevant to fashion anymore, or is her attempt to stay relevant the-joke-at-large now?
If he has now come to writing
lyrics? (according to his twitter rants; the word bitch in the world of hip-hop is a term of endearment like how hip-hop artists uses the “n-word” but since I will never understand the latter, I won’t even bother arguing the former. but it makes me wonder if his wife and daughter are inclusive to this endearing word?) disses? (nope, because apparently he spoke to Taylor and got her blessing) harassment? such as; “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b—- famous / God damn / I made that b—- famous.” of his track called “Famous” then I really feel sorry for him. I don’t even care for Taylor Swift or her songs, but the dude needs to get a grip. I mean, what a waste of talent.
If there is one thing that I can give credit, where credit is due, is that Kanye West sure knows how to make something personally meaningful out of media spectacles.
What do you think of the clothes? And West’s approach to fashion? Lets discuss.