Yeezy Season 5 Recap: Well, That Was Interesting

Below, every single detail I could glean


In the hours prior to Yeezy’s Season 5 runway show this afternoon — which was moved from 5 p.m. to 3 p.m. after CFDA President Steven Kolb expressed his dismay at West’s inconsiderate planning (Marchesa would be showing at 5) — details started to leak, likely by design.

First, people started posting and reposting images of the invitations, which came in the form of a vacuum-packed olive-toned crewneck sweatshirt and curiously indicated the show would be co-hosted by Drake (A hint at a potential collab?). It was also noted that Muslim model Halima Aden would be walking in the show.

Around noon, Sofia Richie and Luka Sabbat ‘grammed photos of themselves modeling for the Yeezy Season 5 zine. (It’s never just Yeezy, by the way. Or Yeezy Fall/Winter 2017. It’s Yeezy Season 5.)

Around 1 p.m., someone tweeted Kim’s outfit (very eggplant crayon).

Around 1:30, there were photos of people lining up outside the Yeezy venue in what appeared to be many a neutral fur.

And then, as the hour drew closer and guests started trickling in, people began posting the rules of the show, thus breaking them: “NO CELL PHONES. NO PHOTOS. NO VIDEO. ABSOLUTELY NO SOCIAL MEDIA,” small slips of paper read.

The hype was to be expected, especially after Kanye’s controversial Season 3 and Season 4 showings. Would Yeezy Season 5 dominate NYFW coverage again? That was our question last week; the few hours preceding the show already offered a resounding answer.

And then, at 3:10 p.m., this:

Whoa. Has West caught the anti-media bug from his friend Donald Trump? Maybe this just meant journalists or reporters deemed superfluous, though, because ELLE, Vogue, The Fader, Harper’s Bazaar and plenty of others appeared to remain present and, in almost every case, continued “live-blogging” the event. ELLE even published a recap of the show…before it happened. Pretty sure this is some flavor of media domination.

Around 3:25 p.m., the show started (hey! that’s kind of on-time) and more details emerged. One person tweeted that the opening track to the Yeezy Season 5 show was, “a trap-dub remix of J. Holiday’s ‘Bed.'” Hastily snapped iPhone photos of a screen poured into our newsfeeds. “The show starts with a voice-over and images being projected on a big black screen at the center of the runway,” reported Vogue. “New and notable is the introduction of denim, from shearling-lined jackets to high-waisted jeans.” This went on for ten minutes.

And then finally, real-life models walked the runway, based on a deluge of tweets, the clothes Kanye showed were a marked departure from the body stockings of Yeezy seasons past. In their place were looks one just might wear in public. As in: shirts and pants and shoes, all together and at the same time! The athletic influence continued, though — tracksuits, sweatshirts, baggy cargo pants and a new sneaker style that we’ll be able to get our hands on sometime in the next decade. Click through above to see the deets.

Six minutes later, it was over. “Kanye did not take a bow after the Yeezy Season 5 show. Instead Kim went backstage, and then told Anna Wintour to follow,” the New York Time’s Vanessa Friedman tweeted.

It’s easy to draw comparisons between today’s hullaballoo to that of prior seasons. The press circus, the internet’s rapt attention, the trending hashtags and searches. But it’s also easy to contrast: limited press, tight security, social media rules, no exclusive live stream on Tidal, no four-hour wait, no fainting models. Real clothes! And at the end of the show, West didn’t even show his face.

One thing is clear: West understands the power of hype, and now he’s doubling down with the help of an equally powerful force, mystery. The question is, after the hurricane finishes blowing through our newsfeeds, whether there will be anything left worth pondering.

Photo by Vogue Runway.

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  • Julie May
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  • kneelbeforetigers

    So what was the Drake part then?

    • Haley Nahman


  • BK

    Yawnfest 3000. Why do you guys keep indulging him

  • san

    I like it but it feels a lot more depop/bigcartel than nyfw lmao

    • Regan Mason

      Exactly lol

  • Pandora Sykes

    It’s not even DESIGN. I don’t get Yeezy. I just. Don’t. Get. It.

    • Haley Nahman

      At least we’ve graduated from elevated spanks?

  • Regan Mason

    I’m sooooooo bored

    • Haley Nahman


  • So…cool. Were the clothes good? Like, am I aching to see the clothes because we’re not allowed to see them? Or do I continue to not care. (Clue: one word: tracksuits that look like they were purchased rather than designed. Does he even style his own shows or does he just hire a bunch of people, pay the bill, stick his name on it and call it a day?)

    • Haley Nahman

      Josie they’re in now!! Peep the slide!

  • Kelsey Moody

    J Holiday’s Bed is such a tbt jam, seems like the best part of the show???

    • Haley Nahman

      lol yes

      • Alexis Thomolaris

        I agree…can someone leak the show’s remix already!!!

  • Molly D

    When Kanye runs for president in a couple years I’m just praying Vogue doesn’t endorse him.

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    • Irene Roberts

      LMAO!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!

  • Emmanuelle

    Don’t you think it looks a lot like what Vetements did a few seasons ago? The over-the-knee boots mixed with oversized sweat-shirts and the denim look on picture number 3 make me think so.


  • C. Killion

    Seriously? All this fuss over clothes one wears to the supermarket and plant nursery? But then, Kanye would need to gin up fuss, given the totally uninteresting, uninspired, Levi and wrangler jeans imitations? People, you have been played. But at least the models didn’t faint in the heat this time.

  • cicillionaire

    This is how Napoleon Dynamite would dress if he were rich.

  • KK

    Unflattering overwashed 90s denim no thank you plz

  • Kattigans

    I don’t get it either. I’m not mad at the clothes just at how this is all stuff you can get at urban outfitters. The hype is real. I do applaud that we’ve moved away from the monotone stocking look

    • Cristina

      Not even UO, I could 100% find everything but the shoes at my local Goodwill.

      • Kattigans

        True true..I think finding stuff like this at goodwill is cool. What’s so weird to me is that this grunge, 90s skater/work wear look (one that’s traditionally been worn by people from lower to middle classes) is being ripped off by “designers” like Kanye or even like Vetements and then reshipped out to the fashion world as ground breaking and interesting. Not to mention the hefty ass price tag

  • Kelly

    All these tops tucked into sweatpants are giving me Shia LaBeouf vibes.

  • Natty

    the fact that I would consider wearing most of these looks as styled on the runway is indicative of the lack of creativity here. none of this is new or interesting.

  • Cristina

    Since he listens (I use that term loosely… maybe… communicates?) with Steven Kolb, he should really hire that guy as his life coach. Also, aside from the boots, these are glorified Goodwill clothes. When will this madness end!?

  • Alessandra

    Sad to see celebrity entitlement making its way onto the runway. Keep it about the clothes, Yeezy.

  • unicornhunting

    The Emperor’s New Clothes. Stop believing.

  • Camille

    The standard structure of runway shows and fashion week is certainly changing. However I’m not sure if all of the leaks were purposefully & cleverly executed on West’s command or if it is just the day and age we live in with social media in fashion now.