This sounds legit. Kanye West will show a spring 2012 womenswear collection in Paris at 9:30pm on October 1, directly after Jean Paul Gauliter and Loewe, on a runway, Harper's Bazaar Australia reports. (They have a bit of an inside source: HB Australia fashion editor Christine Centenera (who is also a freelance stylist) had reportedly been traveling to Paris twice monthly and consulting West on his clothing line since March.)
We were getting more inclined to believe the rumors that a Kanye West fashion show was set to take place in Paris. One indicator has been the fact that he's been totally absent from the New York shows.
The rumors started in June, got a little confusing as to where West would show, and then became a bit more firm via a confident-sounding tweet from Models.com's Wayne Sterling last week: ”Hiss hiss. Which ultra-power stylist is now playing in Kayne’s [sic] camp for his blue chip Paris showing. And it IS a Paris showing kids!”
That's the other component people keep buzzing about: who exactly is helping Kanye, who has no design training or real experience (unless you count those scarves for M/M), pull this off? Or rather, who isn't? Here's a quick rundown of all the fashion people he's been tied to since all these "Kanye West clothing line" rumors began:
Phoebe Philo British designer Louise Goldin Central Saint Martins' head of MA fashion, Louise Wilson (this one was actually confirmed) A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou Giuseppe Zanotti Harper's Bazaar Australia fashion editor and stylist Christine Centenera (sort of confirmed)
Now, Page Six is reporting that West has tapped Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, who designed the album art for Watch the Throne, as a mentor. However, our own sources say it's 'a bright london kid doing the collection'. Hmm.
Is there room for all these fashion insiders to play a role in just one collection (that will have Kanye's name on it). If so, this could either end up being really good or really strange. What do you think?