Here's What Critics & Celebs Had to Say About Kanye West's Yeezy Season 4 Show
On Wednesday afternoon, Kanye West staged a fashion show on Roosevelt Island that, to put it lightly, drew mixed reviews. From a long bus ride to an hour-and-a-half wait in the baking sun -- during which several models were compelled to sit down, and one flat-out fainted -- guests were largely displeased, if not outraged, by the event’s proceedings.
Fashion critics took to Twitter to vent their frustration, while West’s celebrity supporters -- including wife Kim Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Lala, Pharrell, Desiigner, Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld -- largely stayed silent.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
The afternoon did not get off to a strong start.
Going on hour 3 of #YeezySeason4 Did you know this is actually an endurance test devised by Adidas to simulate survival of the fittest?— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
Several observers were horrified by the treatment of the models, many of whom weren’t professionals, but hired via a casting call.
I'd like to see Kanye and Vanessa Beecroft stand in the hot sun in nude leotards for three hours. #YeezySeason4— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
This is shameful and horrible and I regret coming. #YeezySeason4— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
The one-hour-and-40-minute wait didn’t help things, either.
Thx Kanye, Kim, Kendall & Kylie for dragging us all out to Roosevelt Island just so u could have this fam photo op. pic.twitter.com/eH34PCJg7U— Alyssa Vingan Klein (@alyssavingan) September 8, 2016
Critics weren’t, by and large, enamored of the clothes.
Maybe this Yeezy still life/show is meta-commentary on fame and the Emperor's new clothes? pic.twitter.com/uN8Qqrqt2o— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) September 7, 2016
Fashion by Yeezy. Or maybe "fashion" ? pic.twitter.com/IsyBd1Hb8c— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) September 7, 2016
Though The Hollywood Reporter’s Booth Moore thought the clothes showed improvement on seasons past.
Curiously, the Kardashian-Jenner clan did not tweet about the show -- save for Kylie, who jumped to defend a model crippled by a broken heel.
Her heel broke. It's not her fault https://t.co/w6g9bCS0ID— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) September 7, 2016