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Fashinisto Designer Kanye West: The Birth of a Design Label

October 2, 2011
Kanye West taking a bow at his Runway show in Paris; Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

(As mentioned on: The Style Groove Report with Naima Turner featured on Soulful Sunday with Dyana Williams and Derrick Sampson.  You can listen to link: http://rnbphilly.com/tristate/dyanawilliams/kanye-west-fashion-show/#more-2128782 as you read here.)

Rapper/Producer, Kanye West can now add designer to his resume.  His runway debut held on October 1st in Paris, France – gave a glimpse of his personal style aestheic coupled with hints of influence from designers whom he admires. There were a number of designers invited to the show, as well as, editors Anna Wintour and Glenda Bailey; style icon Carine Roitfeld.  Celebrities Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen; and Ciara were also present.

Ciara at Kanye West’s Fashion Show in Paris
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen at Kanye West’s Runway Fashion Show in Paris; Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The collection has received a range of mixed reviews – such is the case with any design collection.  But frankly, everything is not for everyone.  Overall, when it comes to clothing..it should be worn only if you know how to rock it – and if it’s a good fit for your shape.  I personally, think the collection has a few things that are wearable although the price point hasn’t clearly been defined. After the collection for women is set and rolling, I hope that a collection for men isn’t far behind.

DW by Kanye West Ready-to-Wear collection; Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

DW by Kanye West Ready-to-Wear collection; Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
DW by Kanye West Ready-to-Wear collection; Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
DW by Kanye West Ready-to-Wear collection; Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
DW by Kanye West Ready-to-Wear collection; Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
DW by Kanye West Ready-to-Wear collection; Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
DW by Kanye West Ready-to-Wear collection; Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
DW by Kanye West Ready-to-Wear collection; Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Here is a review of the collection from the New York Times by Eric Wilson: “What Mr. West eventually showed was confusing as well. Though designers in Paris are presenting collections for next spring and summer this week, Mr. West’s collection was heavy on leather, fur and coats, some pieces dripping with so much fox you couldn’t tell if they were stoles or backpacks. The show opened with a hot-club moment, with slinky ridged dresses like those of Pucci and Balmain, with slits and zippers cut around the sides, and a heavy motorcycle jacket that had its sleeves sliced in half. A sparkly cropped jacket had so many bits of flare in it that you could imagine Mr. West sampling fashion like he samples different styles of music. There was one good-looking pair of color-blocked pants in blue and coral, but it was obvious that most of the clothes suffered from a poor fit. (That may be because the fittings were rushed. Chanel Iman said Mr. West called her in New York only the day before and asked her to fly over to walk in the show.)”

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