Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Kanye West's First Turn as a Fashion Designer

Mention the name 'Kanye West' to someone and (if they're anything like me) they'll start singing All of the Lights or mimicking his anti-George Bush outburst during Hurricane Katrina's 2004 fundraising rally. His most recent trick, however, alludes the the man's hidden, but serious devotion to the world of fashion.

The news is this: Kanye has just launched his own ready-to-wear line, DW by Kanye West, which premiered at Paris Fashion Week this past September. Pulling in heavyweights like Carine Roitfeld and Ciara to the front row seats, the world expected great things from this afficionado of all things cutting-edge, and the show was one of the most widely anticipated of Paris Sept 2011...

It is surprising then, that what the waiting world eventually received drew gasps, not of delight, but surprise and...perhaps masked disappointment. KanYe's premier collection was a curious tale of last-minute fittings, heavy details and borrowed looks, that smacked not of the professional master-minding of Kanye's musical production, nor of the originality of his personal style, but of something sadly unfinished. 

The general consensus about 'Ye's premiere effort on the catwalk is one of details and cuts that were 'heavy'. But not G heavy. More clumsy heavy.

Abbey Lee kinda doesn't want anyone to know she's wearing that...

The details tended to evoke classic trademarks from other designers... we had the soft beiges of Michael Kors, the embellishment of Chanel...Without any doubt though, the designer which sprung to mind most in describing Nye's collection was Pierre Balmain. The military detailing, bandage dresses and risqué neck and hemlines allude to the same magnificence which has recently revived the French label. These details weren't lost on industry indsiders, with one critic even describing the collection as 'Baby Balmain'... 

Of course the models were beautiful (Kanye having enlisted some of the industry's heavyweights including Anja Rubrik, last year's highest paid model, and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, daughter of the illustrous Carine), but in general it seems he has a lot to learn in order to ramp his sartorial offerings up to the level of his music.

The faces of the front row seem to say alot ;)

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