Kanye West has made his return to fashion following a controversy-ridden 2022, albeit in uncharacteristically inconspicuous fashion.
The rap mogul quietly unveiled his Yeezy Season 10 collection at a secret show in Los Angeles, California on Monday (May 1), which was billed as “YZY FREE.”
According to Highsnobiety, the “extremely low-key affair barely revealed any clothing or fashion designs at all. Instead, the focus was on a group of skinhead models wearing skin-tight white T-shirts with black pants.”
Footage from the event, which was held inside an empty warehouse on Melrose Ave, shows the models holding candles as Frank Ocean’s “Self Control” plays through the sound system.
Kanye himself reportedly wasn’t present, although he was seen preparing for the show earlier that day alongside his wife, Bianca Censori. A viral photo showed him rocking a retro Umbro Manchester United jacket and what appeared to be black leggings.
Check out photos and videos from the Yeezy Season 10 show below:
The surprise event comes just seven months after Kanye West’s controversial Yeezy Season 9 fashion show in Paris last October, where he came under fire for wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt.
After being called out by Diddy over the garment, Kanye claimed the Bad Boy boss was somehow being used by Jewish people, which marked the beginning of a stream of antisemitic and pro-Hitler comments both on social media and in interviews.
After laying low for several months, the Chicago native addressed the controversy on Instagram in March, saying that watching Jewish actor Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street “made me like Jewish people again.”
However, Ye also implied that the outrage over his antisemitic outbursts was misplaced to begin with, adding: “No Christian can be labeled antisemite knowing Jesus is Jew,” before closing out with: “Thank you Jonah Hill I love you.”
As for Frank Ocean, Kanye’s Yeezy Season 10 show arrives shortly after his own unspectacular return to the spotlight. The elusive R&B star headlined weekend one of Coachella last month, but his eagerly anticipated performance was met with mixed reviews after a disjointed and curtailed set that Frank himself described as “chaotic.”
It was later reported that the Blonde crooner had suffered a serious ankle injury just days before the festival, throwing his stage production plans — which included an ice rink and over 100 ice skaters — into disarray. He later pulled out of his weekend two headlining slot.