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Kanye West Kept People Waiting in the Heat for His Fashion Show Because He Felt Like It

Earlier this week, Kanye West made headlines because he kept people waiting in the heat for his fashion show on Roosevelt Island in New York for two hours. People weren’t pleased. Women’s Wear Daily writer Jessica Iredale tore West apart in her review for his “predictable” show, saying “Adidas should be embarrassed. She also chided his behavior in making people wait and withholding information until just before the event. ” This is behavior that would not be tolerated from true design visionaries — Karl Lagerfeld or West’s friend Riccardo Tisci. Not that they would display such audacious disrespect for people’s time — nor would their employers allow it,” she wrote.

Seen this one before #Yeezy #nyfw

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During the show, models reportedly passed out due to lack of food and water, and the heat, and no one was there to help them. According to Iredale, “a model, sweating under a black hooded coat, was so hobbled by her boots,” that she could not walk down the runway without assistance.

It was originally reported that the reason for the delay was that West had gotten into a fender bender, but now it appears that he actually wanted people to wait. Because art, or something.

West’s collaborator on the show, artist Vanessa Beecroft spoke to Page Six yesterday, saying “Everyone was in a state of meditation … The long wait before, I believe it was planned because [West] wanted the audience to get into this state of having to observe and having to stay.”

She also said she’s not sure why people were fainting. “That’s a production issue not related to me, she said. “I’m not sure why some people fainted yesterday, but in my case, when it has happened in my performances, it was the level of emotional stress … It wasn’t physical. There was food and water. The situation is so intense and people are looking at you and you are standing.” She continued, saying “I was bothered yesterday in a sense that I’m sorry for what’s happening, but at the same time, I wouldn’t know how to prevent it if it was emotional.”

Right. You stand outside for hours in extremely high temperatures, and then your body gives out. Sounds like it was an “emotional” thing.

[image via Instagram/@jessiredale]

[H/T Us Weekly]

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