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Kanye West’s latest is here: The multi-hyphenate mogul has just released the second drop from his collaborative brand, YEEZY GAP Engineered by Balenciaga.
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Masterminded by West, Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia, and Gap, the new YEEZY GAP x BALENCIAGA collection is now available for preorder through Farfetch.com and YeezyGap.com. The new launch also brings a bonus re-stocking of some pieces from the previous drop, including dove-graphic hoodies and tees. Prices range from $60 to $500.
Shipping dates are different for each piece, ranging from June to September, and — as with everything else designed by Ye — they’ll likely sell out quickly. Be sure to place any orders now.
Delivering an assortment of tops, bottoms, and accessories, the new drop mirrors Kanye’s current look with a nearly all-black palette. Nylon, elastane, and spandex abound, lending a futuristic vibe that Ye has been championing recently. Some pieces, such as the long sleeve bodysuit, showcase the 44-year-old’s taste for the unorthodox.
Originally slated for release on May 25, the new collection was postponed due to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Before the collection’s release, a message on YeezyGap.com read: “IN LIGHT OF THE TRAGEDY IN UVALDE, TEXAS, WE ARE POSTPONING THE YEEZY GAP ENGINEERED BY BALENCIAGA LAUNCH UNTIL FRIDAY, MAY 27 AT 6AM PST / 9AM EST. AS WE PAUSE, OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES IMPACTED.”
Fans got a sneak peek of the new YEEZY GAP Engineered by Balenciaga collection earlier this month in West’s “Life of the Party” music video. The video, released on May 9, sees old photos of Ye animated and photoshopped, performing the track while rocking the new YEEZY GAP x BALENCIAGA gear.
The first drop from YEEZY GAP Engineered by Balenciaga — which was released in February — isn’t slated to ship until July 1, and was previously sold out on all platforms. However, some pieces have been restocked on Farfetch.com.
Ye’s relationship with Balenciaga designer Gvasalia can be traced back to last year when the duo teamed up to create merch for West’s Donda listening party. Last year also saw the first releases from Yeezy Gap, including the much-hyped Round Jacket puffer and Yeezy x GAP Hoodie.
Although Kanye has always put out some of the best merch in the game, these YEEZY GAP Engineered by Balenciaga drops are been special. Combining the clout of an esteemed French designer, Ye’s eye for trends, and Gap’s mass-market reach, the YEEZY GAP x BALENCIAGA pieces are unlike West’s (many) previous endeavors in fashion. It represents a continued expansion of the mogul’s influence in clothing, and industry experts are not surprised.
Be sure to shop the new YEEZY GAP Engineered by Balenciaga collection now at Farfetch.com before it sells out.
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