By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week kicked off a day before its official start with Kanye West debuting his latest Yeezy collection far outside the Manhattan fashion fray and Kendall and Kylie Jenner talking about their own collection.
Some highlights so far:
AWAY FROM THE MANHATTAN CROWD
In sweltering heat, set to a slow, morose soundtrack, Kanye West debuted the fourth season of his Yeezy collection for Adidas at a park memorializing Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous four freedoms: of speech and worship, from want and fear.
Helping to kick off New York Fashion Week, West lured the fashion crowd, along with wife Kim Kardashian and two of her famous sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, to Roosevelt Island just off Manhattan on Wednesday.
There, "multicultural" models, per his criticized casting call over the long holiday weekend, stood under a blazing sun as they greeted sweaty guests in beige and black leotards, bodysuits and other clingy, revealing foundation garments. Some were thonged. Some were two pieced and under-boobed. Some were non-distinct.
A handful of more than 100 models hired for the marathon afternoon (as opposed to fashion shows that usually take 10 minutes or so) just plain sat down in the grass where they stood barefoot, felled by sizzling temperatures and walking once or twice to a box of bottled water set up at the front just for them.
Models wear the Yeezy Season 4 collection by Kanye West during a fashion show, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York. The show, set to an eery soundtrack, helped kick off New York Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Leanne Italie)
Music by performance artist Vanessa Beecroft heralded more models who actually walked, on a white runway that rimmed the knoll in thigh-high boots, including one poor soul whose stiletto-heeled pair weren't strong enough to hold her, forcing a sad wobble in her step.
Among West's walkers was a fierce-looking Teyana Taylor, the star of his new "Fade" video. Among his other celeb guests: Pharrell, Spike Jonze and Tyga.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
It was quite the family fashion day for Kendall and Kylie Jenner, who came straight from brother-in-law Kanye West's Yeezy show on Roosevelt Island off Manhattan on Wednesday to their own party celebrating their fashion label, KENDALL + KYLIE.
The fashionista sisters (and reality TV stars) said they were gradually becoming more confident designers with each new collection.
"I think that every season we get more and more comfortable," said Kendall, 20, who as a model is a frequent presence on top-designer runways at Fashion Week. "It's super-awesome. The line grows with us."
Added Kylie, 19, also expected to be hitting the runway this week: "We've learned how to work with each other better. I mean, everything down to certain fabrics and patterns. We definitely learned a lot."
The sisters said they've benefited from appearing as models for designers they admire.
"I think it's cool to be able to see both sides," Kendall said. "I get to see the designers that I work with who are obviously on a much higher level than our brand at the moment. It's cool to see their process and what they have to go through behind the scenes, because it's kind of a goal to set and somewhere that I would like to be one day."
MACY'S FRONT ROW FASHIONS
Macy's held its second annual Fashion's Front Row runway show Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, mixing fall creations from several top designers with musical performances from Flo Rida and Ariana Grande.
The looks — all of them immediately available at Macys.com — were eclectic. Tommy Hilfiger offered a nautical theme with designs like navy blue pea coats and blue and white striped shirts, while the Rachel Roy collection offered bohemian looks that included different types of turbans. The show, hosted by TV personalities Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, also gave a nod to the athleisure trend — designs from a collection of athletic brands like Fila, Reebok and Adidas were highlighted in a strobe-lit techno display. The runway show also featured looks heavy on floral patterns from Macy's private INC brand collection in collaboration with New York fashion icon Iris Apfel.
Fashion from Tommy Hilfiger Spring Summer 2017 collection is modeled during Macy's Presents Fashion's Front Row, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
But Apfel said there is no such thing as a must-have in your fashion wardrobe.
"I don't believe in any musts," she said. "A must is what you want and what you like and what becomes you, what you can afford and what you're happy with."
Banner photograph: Sisters Kendall Jenner, left, and and Kylie Jenner speak to the media at a party for their KENDALL + KYLIE collection in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday, Sept 7, 2016. Their fashion collection includes clothing, footwear and handbags. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Noveck)
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