Kanye West’s first collection didn’t go down at all well. Christina Binkly of the Wall Street Journal famously had some scathing things to say about it:
“The only thing more painful than witnessing the dress was watching the model pitch down the runway in shoes so ill-fitting that her spike heels were bending at angles. “I feel sorry. Why not take that look out?” asked one cringing magazine editor. Zippers were unzipped. Snakeskin pants were metallic silver. There was a very large and furry fur backpack. For an arctic Spring/Summer 2012. Necklines plunged so precariously that they seemed a personal shout-out to J-Lo. Heavy beading – including one breastplate of a top – recalled the Flintstones. Strips of crocodile hung without reason from a leather skirt. There were lots and lots of tight leather pants. I liked the perforated black leather. Yet a vast quantity of luxury materials can’t blind people to a lack of creative marksmanship. There’s something about fashion design that makes untrained people think they can do it, too.”
And this was the opinion held by most in the fashion world to Kanye’s debut collection. However, criticism aside, Kanye returned to Paris yesterday, accompanied by guests not usually seen gracing the front rows of Paris fashion week.
The likes of Alicia Keys, Swizz Beats, P Diddy, Cassie, and Kim Kardashian were there and Azealia Banks, Common, Big Sean, and Mos Def all performed at the afterparty.
But hip hop and socialite guest list aside, what is Kanye like as a designer? There were only 20 looks, and a lot of leather and fur, in dark and muted colours, and that’s all that can really be said.
I can see the collection be featured in music video’s for the aforementioned artists, and with a $6,000 price tag for a pair of shoes, it’s definitely not a collection accessible to many.
What do you think of Kanye’s second collection? Should he stick to music?