Kanye West Debuts His First Runway Collection in Paris – Critics Need to Lighten Up!

October 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

 Rapper heavyweight and fashion aficionado Kanye West debuted his first collection, called “Dw” after his late mother Donda West, on October 1st in Paris. Anyone who debuts a collection in the city is bound to receive some critique, but the remarks that self-imposed fashion experts and journalists took it to a next level. Being a long-time fashion advocate, I completely understand the frenzy around a celebrity transitioning into fashion. But it is unnecessary to bash West and his collection the way that most of them did! Some TFS (The Fashion Spot) members even called the collection “ghetto”, and compared it to Baby Phat.

Read some tweets below:

@CathyHorynNYT: Next season Kanye should get a tailor so clothes might fit. Models swimming in some looks. Kills the hot look, no?

@JessicaMichault: The Kanye West show, in my humble opinion, is proof that everyone can love fashion but not everyone can be a fashion designer.

@JessicaMichault: Kanye West taking his bow after his debut as a “designer.”

Not everyone is meant to be a designer, but I do like when people step out of their comfort zones and try something new. Kanye really does love fashion, so I don’t mind that he tried to create a collection of his own. That being said, he can do a lot of improvements within his collection. Many did not like that he debuted in Paris, the city that is only suitable for the best luxury houses. I agree that West should have shown in NYC, but he is ballsy. What else do you expect from him? The clothing would have looked so much more expensive if they actually fit; tailoring is essential for any runway collection. While the touches of fur were great, West needs to keep in mind of the seasons. The fashion industry is thinking of Spring ’12, not Fall ’11.

 I know that the rapper gets inspiration from many different designers, but they did not need to be so prominent in the collection. With every outfit, I thought of Balmain, Givenchy, Maison Martin Margiela and Balenciaga. Even the top designers mimic looks, but next time West should be careful of making it so blatant.

But I did enjoy the overall theme of the collection. It was very Rock & Roll, something that a rock star’s girlfriend would wear to an after party. There were some good efforts made in the collection (those Giuseppe’s were amazing) but West just needs to simplify his thoughts to create more streamlined looks. Hopefully if he gets a chance to show again during fashion week, he will use all the criticism and create a show-stopping collection. Some of these fashion people need to get off their high horse; Kanye West’s collection was not that bad!

Read the NY Times’ review here.

What were your thoughts on Kanye West’s show?

Tweets Courtesy of: Cathy Horyn and Jessica Michault

All Photos Courtesy of: Style.com

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