kanye returns: everything you need to know about yeezy season two

Fresh off the runway: the stars, the clothes, the track, the vibe of Yeezy’s second collection at NYFW.

by Rory Satran
16 September 2015, 6:45pm

This afternoon, Kanye struck again with Yeezy Season Two, his adidas-sponsored follow up to last season's controversial take on minimal basics. Much felt familiar about Yeezy Two: the star-studded front row (and second row), the Vanessa Beecroft staging, the monochromatic neutral sportswear and elegantly diverse casting. But was the show a bit less tense this season? Perhaps its surprise appearance on the fashion week calendar and lack of lead-up hype made for a more gentle landing.

First thing's first: North West didn't cry, she merely whimpered.
Don't pretend like all eyes weren't on the world's most famous woman and her spawn, seated next to Anna Wintour again (no one seems to delight Ms. Wintour more than North, except her tennis crush Roger Federer). Last season's North West meltdown was quite stressful, and showgoers were prepared Northgate Season Two. But she happily sucked on a red lollipop, occasionally warbling and calling out something like "Mommy!" (Dear readers, I tried to record her babbling for you, and failed.) Kim and North wore matching beige Yeezy outfits, all the better to show off the Yeezy Bump.

When Jaden Smith is sitting in the second row, you know your front row is legendary.
Yes, the elder Smith was relegated to second row status, along with Kendall Jenner fresh from walking the Michael Kors show. Row A gets even more interesting: all Kardashians (minus Kylie, the matriarch, and Caitlin, boo), um, DRAKE (who does not attend many fashion shows), Debbie Harry, Riccardo Tisci, Seth Meyers (?!), Courtney Love, Michael Stipe, Michael Strahan, Common, and Tyga.

The ultra-wearable collection built upon season one's abstract wardrobe of separates.
In a palette of beige, brown, black, grey, and olive, Kanye presented a consistent collection with a subtly avant-garde approach to loungewear. The same inspirations were present: from Rick Owens' minimalist softness to Raf Simons' conceptual workwear. This time you could feel a bit more streetwear-inflected Carhartt in the clothing, in rough, oversized canvas coats for men and women. Plus, haute baseball caps. The more Kanye embraces his hip-hop roots, the better.

Yes, there was a new Kanye track: 'Fade' featuring Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign
The big-beat, pounding single accompanied Yeezy's happy, determined walk at the finale. Good times.

Vanessa Beecroft's choreography took the form of a military procession.
Like season 1's collaboration with the epic Italian performance artist, models were organized in rows with a serious vibe. Beecroft explored a military theme this season, with captains calling out orders, and Kanye's streetwear army marching to the beat. 

Kanye's army is damn good-looking.
I can't tell you how refreshing it is to witness a huge group of models where brown people are the rule rather than the exception. The extremely diverse group of kids, casted by i-D casting director Angus Munro, was a pleasure to behold. 

Read more i-D fashion month coverage here.


Text Rory Satran

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