As the hour struck 4 pm yesterday and the Yeezy.Supply countdown clock finally gave out, all stars aligned, all worlds collided, and the heavens opened to give way to the long-awaited Adidas collection from Kanye Omari West — surely here to save our poorly-dressed souls.
With new clues and details emerging for days leading up to this anointed occasion, we didn't know what to expect from the patron saint of athleisure. Shrouded in mystery and subtweets, we attempted to keep track of all comings and goings, whispers, and confirmed details, but we were no closer to the truth.
The only thing certain? There would be shoes — Yeezy 750 Boosts, to be exact — but what else would come out of this dynamic content strategy packaged as one part installation project one part publicity stunt one part concert? As we learned yesterday, multiple moments from populist stars, plenty of tonal spandex and one temper tantrum, but we determined the top 5 moments that simply encapsulated West's fashion week triumph.
Kanye West single-handedly diversified the fashion front row and disrupted its historical lily-white seating chart — next to wife Kim Kardashian were fellow squad members Bey, Jay Z, Diddy, Cassie, RiRi and Alexander Wang in sequential order. All alongside fashion gatekeeper Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, no less.
West's "all black everything" front row even brought frenemies Kim and Bey to an detente in their reported standoff, with the two seated next to one another — although no closer to actually speaking to one another, as seen below. Baby steps, I suppose.
Speaking of baby steps, Nori was having none of her father's show. Although she had a blast playing with the fam, cavorting through the empty rows of the show before showtime, about three minutes into her father's show, West's fashionable offspring fell into a fit, leading mom, Kim Kardashian to exit left.
The girl is 1. She would rather be playing with some building blocks, real talk.
The man was being unfailingly generous to his fanbase with this mid-show release and performance of the new song "Wolves." West's selection of tonal spandex separates, however, is perhaps a bit inconsiderate a choice for most of his loyalists.
His wife included.
After dazzling the fashion crowd, West headlined RocNation's First Annual Roc City concert later that evening, and the only thing to rival the near-freezing temps were the rapper's guest stars, 2Chainz, Big Sean, and Pusha T. Ain't nothing fresher than his clique.
Before exiting the stage, Kanye brandished his famed inspirational rhetoric upon the thousands that braved the weather to see their life coach perform: "New York City, remember the night when you all saw me perform! Remember this night for the rest of your life. Remember this when you go to work next week. Remember to believe in yourself. Remember that anything is possible. I love you."
Marjon Carlos is a style and culture writer for Fusion who boasts a strong turtleneck game and opinions on the subjects of fashion, gender, race, pop culture, and men's footwear.