It almost seems like the Kanye SS '16 line is grounded in making a mockery of fashion, public perception and most importantly, himself.
An opinion of Kanye's second collection is perhaps best expressed by New York Magazine's The Cut fashion critic Cathy Hory:
“This second round of drab, broken-down basics proved he can’t be taken seriously as a designer, but nevertheless many people in fashion do seem to take West seriously – they keep showing up expectantly for his performances – and that makes them fools.”
To that end, it is even more audacious of the 'designer' to announce the show last minute and in so doing, forcing an actual designer, Anne Cowen, to scramble about in order to reassemble her show so as not to compete with the abomination we would all subsequently be subjected to.
It aims to appear simplistic and natural; yet the front row is bedazzled with the likes of the Kardashian clan, Anna Wintour and the epitome of high fashion himself, 2 Chainz.
It aims to embody tones that are relatively unoffensive to the eye in their neutrality, but in assembling the show's models by skin color which wife Kim K so charmingly labeled as 'Light', 'Medium', and 'Dark' on her Instagram, one must call into question the potential racial undertones of the presentation as part of a larger agenda. However, in dodging the potentially controversial take towards the show's composition, Kanye told Vogue magazine that his casting choices were merely artistic: "It's just a painting, just using clothing as a canvas of proportion and color."
The subliminal in any art is something to marvel but in the context of Kanye's often outspoken and direct behavior it is difficult to imagine that this was his intention. In light of flaring tensions and increased polarization amongst races and social classes in the United States and the media's obsessive attention to fueling the fire, Kanye stood in a direct spotlight to address these issues under a worldwide lens.
'Future Slave Gear' as Ice T so finely put it. It could have really been runway, but it was 'runaway'.
Kayne has promoted himself as the self-proclaimed "Robin Hood" of fashion in that fashion should be readily available to "the masses". And yet, in promoting a line that appears to be an egregiously overpriced collection (only to be likened to a collaboration between Spanx x Carhartt x Zoolander's 'Derelict Chic') it is priced at the level of an average person's weekly family food budget. His disconnection with so called "masses" has never been more evident.
P.S. Having model Ian Connor smoke during the show and unveiling yet another crappy megalomaniacal song was also super cute, Kanye.