Kanye West presented Yeezy Seasn 8 in Paris on Monday (March 3, 2020), a collection of women’s apparel and footwear. The collection was presented in the Espace Niemeyer, a dome building that serves as the home of the French Communist Party.
Invitations began to arrive just days before the event in the form of paper packets described as containing rattlesnake eggs. The event was preceded with a first-time performance of West’s Sunday Service.
While the Yeezy color palette stayed true to the neutral monochromatic shades that have become its signature, the label showed a shift away from the knit t-shirts, hoodies and sweatpants, which launched a thousand copycats. Instead, trousers, puffers and crop tops worked off of a combination of muslin and wool.
As well, women’s silhouettes which were once skimpy and revealing have been loosened up a notch perhaps reflecting, as West has mentioned on numerous occasion, a change in his perspective as he’s grown into his role as the father of girls and a born-again Christian.
The collection was highlighted by a range of extra puffy velcro-strap sandals and snow boots with the sandals sometime paired with winter jackets and the boots worn by models in midriff trousers and croptop puffers.
The collection closed with a performance by West’s first-born daughter, North West. A cute moment that became mired in controversy when it was revealed that North West took her inspiration from fellow wee rap singer ZaZa.
West last showed in Paris with an eponymous label aka Donda in 2012. His last Yeezy collection was shown in New York in 2017. The Monday evening show marked the first time the label has shown in Paris.
One of the issues with Yeezy clothing has always been production, which has been sporadic at best over the years. As such, it’s fair to ask if Yeezy Season 8 will ever see the light of day.
According to West, the answer is absolutely yes though he won’t be pinned down on details. “Yes, we will. I mean, I like that exercise,” he told Vogue, and added, “Also, people talk about mass scale, there are eight-billion people on the planet. So what is mass, really? You know, whether this gets, you know, as big as the Gap when I was younger, or it’s one, it’s closer to that one than it is to eight billion.”
Watch the presentation below and check out some of the looks in the collection. Image above via Yeezy Mafia.