We attended Aussie designer Dion Lee’s debut London presentation over the weekend, and loved the sexy, modern vibe of it. We liked the shoes, too, but didn’t think much about them again, until we saw an interesting tidbit posted on the Daily Pedestrian: Kanye West designed the shoes with Dion Lee.
Dion Lee’s PR representative confirmed that the shoes are indeed by Kanye, as a special collaboration for A/W 2012. We also read that we just missed Kanye at one of Lee’s continuously looping presentations–he showed up for one of the intimate gatherings to lend his support, according to PagesDigital.
Which leads us to wonder, is Kanye hedging his bets with a shoe design career if he can’t get his fashion line off the ground? He famously spent a lot of time at Giuseppe Zanotti’s studio, and of all the pieces from his debut collection for spring, we actually liked his shoes the best.
Another thing we’re noticing is that Kanye is being considerably less vocal and more under the radar about his design ambitions this season. After that hours-long Twitter rant in January, he’s been amazingly quiet about everything. No grand pronunciations, not a lot of publicity pushes.
Kanye actually seems serious about making a go of it. And a collaboration with a hot young designer is a great way to establish some credibility in the industry. What do you think of his shoes and his strategy?