United In Ire: Kanye's Yeezy 4 Angers All The Most Influential New York Fashion Editors

​Christene Barberich, Stella Bugbee and Robin Givhan are all furious with Kanye West


Kanye West's Yeezy 4 show in New York garnered just about as much attention as the spotlight-loving Kardashian extended-family is used to. 

Positive stand out points included the appearance of girls-of-the-moment Sofia Ritchie and Teyana Taylor.

The negative impressions of Kanye's fourth catwalk showcase, though, have been pouring out all over social media. 


From videos of girls toppling in their high heels, to documentation of the girls queuing for the bus afterwards, there has been plenty of criticism.

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Arguably, though, the most important critique has stemmed from some of NYC's most senior and influential fashion editors.

Usually competitors, the Yeezy 4 show has united them in collective ire, mostly due to the conditions under which Kanye's models were expected to work.

Christene Barberich, global founder of Refinery29:

Christene had this to say:

'I felt like all my complaining and discomfort was total bullsh** compared to the 100 or so girls standing stock still for what seemed like hours roasting in the sun...with no water. A few of them sat to rest, one collapsed backwards while a few of her fellow performers came to her aid and, eventually, bottles of water appeared...all the while I was wondering, should someone call the paramedics?'

Stella Bugbee, Editorial Director of The Cut, New York Magazine

Stella was similarly enraged:

Her tweets went on in this vein, but finally:

Robin Givhan, Fashion Editor, The Washington Post

Robin also caught herself questioning her part in what appeared to be unsafe working conditions for the girls

With Kanye's Kardashian entourage decked out in dazzling garb, diamond studs and with a 'time waits for the glitterati' mentality, the contrast between them and the girls in his show was stark and unflattering.

Kanye West might be staggeringly immune to criticism and some might even say pompously self-aggrandising about the importance of his own point of view, but these fashion editors are the women that make or break the style industry, so he'd do well to take heed and listen to their advice. 

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