Yeezy Season 4

Was That Kanye West's Huge Entourage at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island?

Updated 3 years ago Peter McCarthy
Performance Art Before the Fashion Show, Yeezy Season 4
Performance Art Before the Fashion Show, Yeezy Season 4
Photos courtesy: FDR Four Freedoms Park

For a few hours yesterday afternoon, a team of buses carting friends of Kanye West shifted the center of fashion world geography to FDR Four Freedoms Park, here on Roosevelt Island. It was a spectacle.

Not since Hillary Clinton chose FDR Four Freedoms Park for announcing her presidential run, roughly a year ago, has so much attention swung this way. Not even Cornell Tech's game-changing residential passive house could compete with this moment for turning heads and widening eyes.

Yeezy Season 4, Kanye West's new fashion show kept fans teetering in expectation with a level of secrecy Apple, which invented the technique, might envy.

Participants were directed to board buses on the Upper West Side at 11:00 a.m., without being told their destination. Then, their drivers navigated Midtown traffic, making their way to Roosevelt Island.

It's unlikely many of the visitors had seen our rocky outcrop in the East River before. Most New Yorkers, forget about non-New Yorkers, never have. So, after puzzling over an insular community out their windows and a broad field of in-progress construction, the gentle beauty and fresh air in FDR Four Freedom's Park must have been filled them with delight.

An hour or so after arrival and sitting in the most scenic shade in New York City, dedicated followers of fashion were treated to an installation (Photo above), sculpted of 100 flesh and blood women, created by Vanessa Beecroft.

West himself arrived on the scene around 3:00, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner about an hour later.

The scene was rich with the fashion elite. Included, according to a report in the New York Times, were "...Carine Roitfeld; her former longtime collaborator, the Harper’s Bazaar editor Stephen Gan (now ostentatiously avoiding each other after a professional breakup); retailers like Tom Kalenderian from Barneys New York, Bruce Pask from Bergdorf Goodman and Laure Hériard Dubreuil of the Webster; top editors from Vogue, GQ, InStyle, Glamour and various other American mass-market organs."

The fashion show featured outfits far too hefty for a sunny, summer afternoon, and in any case, the creations were badly received by snarky twitterers and other online commentators.

(Click here to see additional photography from the event.)

But who cares? No one I know is going to wear these fashions, and we're not likely to see the likes of them on Main Street any time soon.

For Roosevelt Islanders, the story was all positive. Once again, FDR Four Freedoms Park drew an elite crowd and an international audience to our hometown.

In my opinion, the park was the star of the show, but I'm not a fashionista, just another Roosevelt Islander, watching in wonder at the transformation of our once nearly invisible community.  

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