It sounds like Kanye West had a pretty awesome weekend following his runway debut in Paris saturday night (check out our review here). There was, of course, an after party, at which the rapper-turned-fashion fan-turned designer got up and made a speech to a crowd that included Lindsay Lohan, Karlie Kloss, Jared Leto, Dean and Dan Caten, Olivier Theyskens and more, that WWD describes as a “stream-of-consciousness, obscenity-laced tirade.” Here it is, in all its glory:
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—ing loans to get the best models, to get the best designers, to get the best venue. I gave you everything that I had.
This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s—. I don’t f— with celebrities. I f— 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—ing deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f— up ! Or Hedi Slimane in the motherf—ing 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.
The main points seem to be that he received a lot of encouragement from the beginning, that he’s serious about this and that we should give him a chance to grow. The next night, he went to dinner with Cathy Horyn (who basically started slamming his collection as soon as the first look hit the runway) and some other people at Azzedine Alaïa’s house. Sounds super awkward, right? It’s unclear how the conversation about the criticism of West’s show came up, but Horyn writes,
Mr. West acknowledged the criticism of his show — the poor fit, the casting. He was completely open about the learning-curve problems and indicated that he planned to deal with them. Everybody who gets into fashion, including musical superstars, realizes how hard the business actually is — putting your ideas across, getting things made on time. But Mr. West was certainly proud of his ropey, beaded stilettos. ‘Have you seen anything else like them this season?’ he said, pointing to Ms. Iman’s feet in the Alaia kitchen.
So, what do we think? Does Kanye deserve another chance?