He may be well-known for his inappropriate behavior at awards ceremonies, and maybe even a good song or two, but one thing Kanye doesn’t have a forte for? Women’s fashion. And who really thought he’d be able to pull it off?? I mean, the man doesn’t have especially impeccable fashion sense, unlike, say, George Clooney (now there’s a celeb who’s got some serious style) -- can you say silver fox?
But I digress. I’m so glad I stumbled on this story on Gawker about Kanye’s fashion line in Paris’s spring/summer ready-to-wear collections. Most reviewers stuck with the “stick to your day job” line for West, but Women’s Wear Daily held on to the saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” reporting: “The collection turned out to be neither triumph nor train wreck. It had the earnest veneer of a beginner, which was sort of endearing." Yeah, totally -- that terrifying leather-shirt-dress-fur concoction was exceptionally cute(?!). And really, those dresses (yes, there were many of them) with horizontal slits all over were completely fashion-forward. So forward they didn’t really look like dresses --more like big rhinestone-encrusted bandages. So chic.
But I’ve gotta hand it to the guy for stepping out of his comfort zone. Sure, he knows nothing about dressing a woman -- The New York Times noted that “most of the clothes suffered from a poor fit” -- but he really tried, ladies. Then again, if I’d been there, I wouldn’t have let him finish that runway show. Alright, so maybe I’m not that ballsy, but I might have tried to trip him when he did his walk at the end of the show (so would a ton of these Nesties, I think ). PS: I’m pretty sure if I ever wore any of these outfits, it would be a deal breaker for Jack....
What do you guys think -- is Kanye a man ahead of his time or just a man who should be ignored?
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