Though I’m not at all surprised by it (haters gon’ hate), Kanye West‘s debut Spring/Summer 2012 collection has – undeservedly – been ripped to pieces by critics.
Though, no, the skill and direction of Prabal Gurung is not yet there, it wasn’t there at Gurung‘s first show, either. Hype and pretense alone does not build a dream collection, and I think with the man attached to the brand, everyone’s expectations were of couture expertise.
Rant and rave until you’re blue in the face if it untickled your fancy. I actually thought Kanye pulled together a promising collection. A collection more interesting than many other established designers have produced this season – a sincere reflection of his commitment and passion. The entrepreneur created instant must-haves; an oversized fox fur backpack, a salmon dress with two angled zippers, and a nude bandage dress with mummy-like cut outs.
It is a task to avoid the stereotype of a celebrity designer and it is normal to expect a ‘nameless’ new designer to have their first few seasons chock full of learning curves and small mistakes. Mr. West has set off on the right foot. View Post
Award for the most tech-savvy show of Spring/Summer 2012? Unless someone in Milan or Paris pulls out a teleporation device, it’s going to have to be Burberry. Not only were my favourite Fashion Week travellers in attendance (Kanye West, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Anna Wintour, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, and Mario Testino), but the rest of the internet seemed to be in attendance too. There was a Tweetwalk, live stream, and instant online shopability for the collection (though the pre-orders won’t be mailed for six months). An excellently digital production.
And then there were the clothes. In reflect, it looks like designer Christopher Bailey was heavily influenced by London’s non-existent summers, as it was the darkest colour palette of the entire week and had a gorgeous abundance of plum and teal trenchcoats that were styled with incredibly detailed, wide belts. Patterns were large, rustic, and that tribal trend definitely found it’s way in.
The key anchor to this collection? Time. Time spent on constructing basket-woven sleeves, raffia hoods and beaded collars. Time spent on perfecting the ideals around pattern-complimentary wedges and oversized handbags. Time that equals justified pricepoint. View Post
So, remember the George Condo‘s cover art to Kanye West‘s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”? The controversial (and much loved here at LL.com) mogul has turned them into scarves. With the help of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag of M/M Paris, Yeezy produced 5 silk tweed neck beauties to be sold at $370. Though steep, only 100 of each scarf is being sold, meaning they are sure to sell out as soon as they are let loose this coming Monday.
You can purchase them through MMParis and Colette (in Paris, not that you didn’t already know). Make sure to save the stabbing scarf for me!
Kanye West and Anna Dello Russo
Though Kanye West
got his fame with “The College Dropout”, our fashionable Yeezy is taking the steps to re-enroll. Because there is no place held in higher sartorial regard, he has applied to obtain a Masters degree in fashion at Central Saint Martins
in London. Though he has yet to be accepted, Kanye flew into London last Wednesday to meet the head of the course, “style dictator” Professor Louise Wilson
. Yes, the same Louise that mentored Alexander McQueen
A source said: “Kanye spends a lot of time with fashion students and often hooks up with Central’s arty pupils when he is in London. The rapper already has work experience with Fendi and Louis Vuitton on his CV. Now that he has been interviewed the school’s board will have to decide whether to allow him to start the MA fashion course later this year.”
With the balance between it’s credibility and pretension in the air, this could usher in big things for CSM.