A model faints from exhaustion at the Yeezy Season 4 show
Kanye West is known for his artistic ways and controversial speeches, so it would be silly of us to expect anything that isn't artistic or controversial from his Yeezy Season 4 runway show. Even his casting call for "multiracial women only" caused quite a stir, but he defended his concept by asking "How do you word the idea that you want all variations of black? How do you word that exactly?"
However, the cast turned out to be the least controversial aspect about the show, which took place at Roosevelt Island, Manhattan. Everyone was outdoors under the blazing sun, which meant fainting spells due to exhaustion or dehydration were inevitable, especially for models who stood on the grass for the whole show. In a Facebook livestream by ELLE US, you can see models rushing to help a model who passed out at 20:23 marker. She actually tries to remain standing later in the video, but ends up sitting down again.
Stella Bugbee, an editor at The Cut, live-tweeted the situation and we didn't have to be there to feel just as outraged.
A model needed water. The poor models. This is cruelty. #YeezySeason4— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
I'd like to see Kanye and Vanessa Beecroft stand in the hot sun in nude leotards for three hours. #YeezySeason4— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
One model just fainted. #YeezySeason4— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
But of course she tried to stand up again, because: FASHION!! #YeezySeason4— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
This is shameful and horrible and I regret coming. #YeezySeason4— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
Model passed out in the heat is given water by man in the audience but no one on the #YeezySeason4 team helps.— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
Watching editors leave #YeezySeason4 But I feel obligated to watch out for these models and see what else they have to go through.— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
Model in all black can barely make it down the runway. Is going to fall. #YeezySeason4— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
It doesn't stop there. The shoes from the collection quickly became the stuff of runway nightmares. Model Amina Blue chose to ditch her shoes and walk the rest of the way barefoot.
Another model, dressed in a black hoodie and black thigh-high boots, had such a hard time walking in her needle-thin stilettos that Bruce Pask, director of Bergdorf Goodman offered to escort her.
Much like past Yeezy collections, Kanye's new designs came in various shades of nude, black, white and mustard, with thigh high boots ranging from the opaque kind to transparent plastic. In an interview, Kanye explained that he wanted the public to see his collection as timeless.
"I want to make pieces that can be timeless," he said. "Pieces that you can pick up out of a vintage store in 20 years and say, 'Wow, I'm happy I have this.'"
Also, don't call it 'fashion.' That's not what Kanye is making. "Let's say 'apparel', especially for the style of clothes I make," he said. "I'm not saying that this is fashion proposition, I'm saying that this is a human proposition."
Sofia Richie, Chanel and Teyana Taylor (the star of Kanye's Fade music video) were among Kanye's huge cast of models. Teyana closed the show right before the rapper himself came out for his bow. Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner were there too, but did not walk (or stand for an hour, or faint) in the show.