How Rihanna and Kanye broke New York Fashion Week
RiRi and Kanye dropped their respective fashion collections last week, amid a spectacle of publicity and famous faces. But were they any good? Divya Bala weighs in
By now, you've probably heard something of the Yeezy Season 3 spectacle late last week. Kanye West debuted his new collection on close to 1,000 street-cast models to the blaring soundtrack of his new album - played off a laptop - to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, peppered intermittently by Kanye's rants, as Kanye is wont to do.
Was the hype, the fuss, the disruption to the NYFW schedule justified? The jury's still out. The collection built on the preceding two seasons to deconstruct activewear and streetwear classics once more in a minimal, earthy palette of ochre, dark taupe and khaki. There were leotards and leggings alongside oversized outerwear, floor-sweeping fur coats and a notable few holey pieces of knitwear that might have benefited a little too much from West's friendship with Balmain's Olivier Rousteing.
Though it was not without its points of interest - the diverse, strikingly beautiful casting and the menswear tapped into a new 'wealth goth' mood in streetwear (more on this below) - we predict the most in-demand pieces from this collection to be the "I Feel Like Pablo" merch T-shirt Kanye wore that sold outside the show.
Rihanna, on the other hand took a slightly more understated approach, (as much as Rihanna can be understated) choosing to show a restrained presentation of 10 looks for her collaborative collection, Fenty x Puma by Rihanna. Inspiring the term 'wealthgoth', Refinery29 described the collection as, "essentially healthgoth 2.0 with a transfusion of street glamour." Translation? Super-luxe activewear in black, black and more black; sneakers with high, stacked platforms, risqué lace-up bodysuits, high-cut briefs, hooded fur jackets and trackpants with press studs that ran up the leg, left undone to billow in manner of a skirt. As per Kanye's presentation, it didn't break any new ground design-wise, but fans will love the '90s references and the unmistakable, inimitable signature RiRi style of sex, glamour and IDGAF attitude.
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