Kanye West is making a statement.
The rapper staged a surprise Yeezy fashion show on Monday, showcasing his Season 9 collection to much fanfare.
Before the models appeared, West gave a speech while wearing a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt and the same bedazzled flip-flops he sported last week. He referenced Kim Kardashian’s robbery, his then-manager Scooter Braun, the struggles he faced entering the fashion industry, his recent fallout with Gap and many more.
“I am Ye and everyone here knows that I am the leader,” he said at one point. “You can’t manage me.”
Before the show, Ye teased some of the famous models expected to make appearances: Ex-wife Kim Kardashian, ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk and current flame Candice Swanepoel among other big names like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Lauryn Hill, Naomi Campbell, Emily Ratajkowski, Gisele Bündchen, Bella Hadid, Amelia Hamlin.
“There’s just people. From the same planet. And sometimes, in high school, it feels like we don’t fit in. And in a situation like this, we have the opportunity to come together to express who we are,” West told Vogue of his vision for the runway ahead of the show.
“It’s leaning into the shape of how I see this future world… this alternate world. But in high school. It’s focused on curriculum because both my parents are educators.”
West has been attending fashion shows in London and Paris this week, even making his runway debut as a model, opening the Balenciaga fashion show on Saturday. Khloé Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and North West sat front row for the star’s walk through the muddy runway.
Previous Yeezy fashion shows have been marred by disaster, having previously made guests wait for hours in the hot sun, fainting models and more. However, this is the first time West is taking his designs to Paris Fashion Week — following the news that he will terminate his partnership with Gap.
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