Ballin’ in beige.
Kanye West was already pushing it among the fashion elite at this year’s New York Fashion Week, after announcing his fashion show at the very last minute, thereby pissing off other designers and fashion types.
Future President West showcased his latest range (he debuted Yeezy Season 1 at New York Fashion Week last February), and it received a somewhat… mixed response.
The entire show, a mix of separates such as leggings, hoodies and leotards, came in a very limited colour palette.
Camel, ecru, taupe, cosmic latte (that’s actually a colour, designated by astronomers to describe the average colour of the universe) — call it whatever you want, it’s beige, my friend.
The Kardashian kollective arrived to sit in the front row clad mostly in the colour of the moment, a beige reminiscent of a dirty towel, except for Kylie Jenner, who walked the runway in a pair of beige leggings that look like the long-johns I wear under my jeans in Northern hemisphere winters.
Not even little North West was spared the beige. She was kitted out in her own oversized hoodie and leggings the colour of a crumpet. At least she could avoid her leather pants and Balmain blazers for a day. It’s really hard not to get Play-Doh on them.
As the procession of models clad in what looked like K-Mart leisurewear in shades of uncooked pancake batter, fashionistas including Anna Wintour watched from the front row.
Wintour hasn’t texted me her reaction yet, but social media’s already got some memes happening.
One person who probably isn’t keen on the collection is Anne Bowen, a designer whose show was scheduled at the same time West decided to hold his.
“Kanye knows he is a media sensation and it is just not ethical to do this. It’s like we are David and he is Goliath. We have put our heart and soul into our show, and should not be stepped on like this,” she said.
Watch Kanye West claiming responsibility for this most beige of fashion collections… Post continues after video.
Others believe Kanye took inspiration from the 2001 documentary Zoolander and its Derelicte fashion campaign.
Does this mean we’re all going to be wearing oversized jumpers in shades of porridge next winter? I’d love to say no, we’re people, not sheep! But I am currently considering buying flares, even after the Lee Superflares disaster that was my teenage wardrobe, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.