So it seems like everyone who wasn't at Madison Square Garden watched the Tidal livestream as Kanye debuted Yeezy Season 3. Only Kanye would put together a Guinness World Record-sized listening party and call it a fashion show, because let's be honest, that's what it was and there's nothing wrong with falling back on what you know.
Kanye was very casual in a red shirt with the words "I feel like Pablo" and was not the blustering egoiste we've come to know. Instead what we saw was a thoughtful musician who seemed genuinely excited to display his latest work. Believe it or not, the way Kanye spoke to the crowd was so intimate at times you almost forgot it was in a world famous arena. That is until the Taylor Swift dis. And the Ray J dis. And the Kanye song about Kanye where I'm not sure if it was an old Kanye dis or a new Kanye dis. Oh, and lets not forget his pronouncement of one day becoming the creative director at Hermes. You can't keep a good egoiste down.
As far as the fashion goes, if you've come to expect something different from Kanye other than the walking dead on a runway we've seen the last two seasons, you may or may not be surprised.
If not for the venue and the release of his new music, the entire thing would have been underwhelming at best. It looked exactly like what it was -a musician arrogantly falling back on his craft in an industry he's unfamiliar with. Having models stand in formation but giving industry folks no opportunity to walk around them and view the craftsmanship misses the point entirely.
Kanye's show was an argument for more traditional fashion week formats and would have benefitted had he either had the models walk the runway or put them on display in showrooms in a more intimate setting. But then, it's not like any of these garments are runway ready anyway. Other than adding some color it was pretty much more of the same. And there's nothing more to say about that.
I guess the only real question is, how long are we going to give this circus attention? NY Fashion Week is starting to turn into Kanye Fashion Week for all the buzz he gets. I do think Kanye can grow as a designer, but that would mean not surrounding himself with yes men or people who serve to confirm his self-described genius. If he's just doing this for the sake of art as he claims, then I say whatever tickles your pickle. However, if his intention is to become a marketable brand that sells, then he may need to come down to Earth and make clothes people actually wear. You can hire me Kanye. I promise to say 'No' often and adamantly.
Last, but not least, do I think he'll ever be the creative director of Hermes? No. But I also didn't think Kim would ever make the cover of Vogue.