“Were not always in the position that we want to be at, we’re constantly growing, constantly making mistakes, constantly trying to express ourselves and trying to realize our dreams” ∼ Kanye West
11 years after releasing College Dropout, Kanye West is still a revolutionary. He’s still an activist. He’s a living icon… probably why people hate him so much. If he died tomorrow his face would be slapped onto t-shirts and pumped out to the masses stupidly and blindly campaigning against capitalism, just like they did with Che and Dilla. Yeezy Season 1 comes to us via Adidas, but the brand works well, as Pat Ngoho, the 2014 International Skateboarder’s Union bowl champion said:
“There’s really no doubt that Adidas is probably the coolest shoe out there. They’ve just been accepted culturally around the world, in so many different circles and every single time they just do it in a very cool manor, so I’m stoked to be rocking em.”
The pieces in Yeezy’s new line feels like the modern day ‘gangsta’ taken out of the sagging pants cliché, which hip hop critics so love to hate. The irony of it all is that Yeezy’s giving it to them. From the streets to the cat walk, for Kanye, clothing seems to simply be another facet of his deep and in tune sense of self-expression. The best part about it is, when Yeezy does it, it isn’t cultural appropriation, or at least not annoyingly blatant cultural appropriation, in a way it tries to exceed that stereotype, ironically, by exploiting it.
Yeezy Season 1 isn’t made for those who loved College Dropout then got sick of him; his wife, her family or his big mouth. This line is made for those who saw the genius in the production, dating back to the Blueprint, and knew that no matter what he got up to, Kanye the visionary has a plan for hip hop. The question is, can you see it?
He says “It’s bigger than who I am even in this, you know, in my presence living, it’s about, what did I do to help? I want people to think more, I want people to feel like it’s okay to create and follow what their dreams are and not feel boxed in. I want people to feel like awesome is possible.”
Its hard to get intentional rips in garments to look like they formed naturally. As aesthetically pleasing as all the ruggedness is, fashion-wise, it is a risk you take if your production doesn’t execute well. From the photos it seems Yeezy wanted it, took the risk, and achieved a good result with Adidas behind him. Season 1 is militant, mixed race, deep, classic, moody, future. It sort of reminds me of that movie Gattaca. But better because it’s a post apocalyptic world designed by Kanye…Like a ghetto in the sky…. I could see Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke in these threads though….and that’s why I it works for everyone.