Yeezy Season Five: The Lowdown | EGO

Let’s take it back to September 2016, when what began as a statement visionary piece on Roosevelt Island soon descended to chaos when dehydrated models began collapsing in the outdoor setting from the unwavering heat. The unveiling of the SS17 Yeezy collection had everybody talking, but for all the wrong reasons. After this debacle Kanye appeared to have stripped back his set for this year’s AW17 show, relocating to the comparative safety of Pier 59 with 4 walls, a ceiling and no risk of weather interruptions, unless there was a freak tsunami but I digress, even for Kanye that kind of stunt would be a bit much.

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Ye’s show however, was anything but dull, with the main collection presented off the catwalk via huge live video projections, with the models accompanying after with a finale walk. For his Fall collection Kanye kept to his signature street style but with a desert twist, introducing washed denim, shearling, looser long boot styles with a nomadic feel and a militaristic, utilitarian colour palette, including camo and snake prints, dark greys, navies and black - with splashes of bright shades of teal and deep red.

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Yeezy Season 5 AW17

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Yeezy Season 5 AW17

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Yeezy Season 5 AW17

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Maroon was a standout colour in the show, as seen on Kim K who performed wifey frow duties with impeccable style, in a burgundy trouser/top combo with an oversized puffa jacket and new season Yeezy lace up ankle boots. We love a fully coordinated outfit and this nod towards a bolder colour gives the look a vibrant finish. Teamed with Kimmy’s sleek hair extensions and flawless complexion, this is a look we will definitely be copying.

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Kim Kardashian Maroon Yeezy Season 5

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Yeezy Season 5 AW17

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The Kardashian’s are usually out in full force for Yeezy, but with only Kim and Kylie showing face, this arguably served as less of a distraction from the main event as usual. Of course Kylie showed off her fashion credentials, though working a much more casual look than in recent years, wearing jeans, nude boots and a sand coloured suede jacket. There was no shortage of famous faces, even without the whole Kardashian clan, with Hailey Baldwin, Tyga, Teyana Taylor and Anna Wintour all gracing the front row.

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Kylie Jenner Yeezy Season 5 Show Tyga Hailey Baldwin 

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Yeezy season 5 was noticeably more branded, a nod away from the miscellaneous character of some of Kanye's previous collections but arguably in an era where labels sell, can we even blame him. Sweaters were emblazoned with "Calabasas" and "Lost Hills" (the name of the upcoming joint album with Drake) and the signature Adidas trefoil logo and triple stripes also made appearances. Velour has cemented its comeback, following on from the revival of Juicy Couture as a wardrobe staple (it's never left in our eyes), featured as tracksuits and oversized hoodies for Yeezy.

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Of course there was fur, Kanye may have turned some of his empire away from the music but his hip-hop roots are evident in this outlandish floor length fur which is reminiscent of P Diddy circa 2002 (and we so love it). Given a fresh look with Halima Aden who rocked the looked wearing her own hijab, a catwalk first which we can’t commend higher. Aden, who has become the first hijabbed model to be signed by IMG was a highlight in the show and hopefully signals the beginning of a less authoritarian model image.

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Yeezy Season 5 Halima Aden 

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Other stand-out names to grace the catwalk were Insta famous faces Amina Blue, Sofia Richie and Luka Sabbat appealing to the youthful, street demographic that Yeezy targets so well.

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In conclusion, this collection is wearable, off-duty, streetwear with a luxe finish that is synonymous with Mr. West. With the reworking of vintage sportswear classics and oversized hoodies mixed with a romantic, Americana feel, featuring western worker staples, this aesthetic is easy to incorporate into any wardrobe.

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Until next season Yeezy...

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Yeezy Season 5 AW17 Kanye West

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