Kanye West debuted his new womenswear collection in Paris over the weekend. It's not a fakey ghost designed celebrity line, apparently, and it's not horrible, but it definitely bears the marks of amateurism. Nonetheless it was attended (naturally) by Azzedine Alaia, Olivier Theyskens, Jeremy Scott, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Anna Wintour. It's kind of all over the place. Critics have noted that "a celebrity tag and a lively audience filled with music-business friends, does not cut it in Paris." (Suzy Menkes) and "A vast quantity of luxury materials can’t blind people to a lack of creative marksmanship." (The Wall Street Journal. Check out photos of it here, and peep West's expository, F-bomb laden speech given at the afterparty:
“Thank you for anybody that didn’t believe, because they motivated us to break our boundaries. We don’t know what the reviews will be, we don’t know what they will say, but I got a chance to go to Italy and feel those fabrics. I begged Louis Vuitton to let me do more shoes after my shoes sold out in two weeks, and they did not. I begged Nike, I begged this company to let me do it. And I took out motherf*cking loans to get the best models, to get the best designers, to get the best venue. I gave you everything that I had."
He continued: "This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity sh*t. I don’t f*ck with celebrities. I f*ck with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place. The amount of people that tried to get me a celebrity f*cking deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f*ck up ! Or Hedi Slimane in the motherf*cking Mercer, sitting with me, saying, ‘Stop giving them your ideas, Kanye. Do your own thing.’ Hedi Slimane! To feel so frustrated. And I thank anybody who came to this party, everybody who supported, everybody who believed, because people thought it was a joke, and maybe people still do, but I can only grow from this point.”