Kanye West’s YEEZY Season 5 show kicked off with a blast compared to last season’s mishap. Last year we saw huge delays, poor planning and models fainting due to the sweltering heat. However today, Kanye debuted the YEEZY Season 5 collection after handing out invites for the show earlier this week. Similar to previous seasons, the invite was wearable: an oversized olive green sweatshirt with “LOST HILLS” across the front. (Lost Hills representing the 101 freeway exit in West’s neighbourhood of Calabasas.)
This year’s YEEZY show saw a much more intimate setting. After struggling to sort a time slot for the show, Kanye compromised with Steven Kolb, (Chief Executive of the Council of Fashion Designers of America) after conflicting times called for some adjustment. The show took place at Pier 59 Studios in New York, with attendees moving past multiple checkpoints before finally entering the venue.
We saw a heavy influence from sportswear yet again, with the super-hyped Calabasas Adidas track pants returning in multiple iterations. A Calabasas theme was prominent throughout the collection in a much more colourful display of Californian street style according to Kayne West. Most collection enthusiasts, however, were awaiting more information regarding the brutalist athletic YEEZY Runners, spotted in several looks.
YEEZY season 5 presented workwear and military themes of past seasons. The new iterations added plenty of Western-inspired silhouettes with Trucker jackets, washed denim, flannel shirts and YEEZY’s trademark woodland camos. With that, reflective coats and genuine GORE-TEX outerwear was also prominent.
West’s vision for YEEZY season 5 appeared to hint towards an ever-evolving and more expressive tribute to other designers such as Raf Simons and Calvin Klein’s classic American approach towards style. Despite a successful show which gave a clear view to all, West declined to show his face at the end of the runway presentation, although despite this, backstage was crammed full of rap and pop culture mega-celebrities.