The fashion world (and most of the world, really) has had quite a tumultuous relationship with Kanye West over the past several years–but for Giuseppe Zanotti, it’s been nothing but “sympathy and true brotherly love.”
Jay Z’s site Life + Times spoke recently with revered Italian footwear designer Zanotti about his friendship with West, whom he calls “an extremely versatile artist, a renaissance man”–and his opinions on the rapper’s design cred.
“[West's] brave nature needs to be respected,” Zanotti said of his sometimes-collaborator. “People are too hard when something new changes the balance. Unfortunately, the fashion planet is not only a creative system, but also a political machinery [...] I think that some little details should be forgiven to brave people.”
“Kanye [...] was not afraid of facing such a dangerous world such as the fashion one, he was not afraid of shouting to everyone who he is.” (Well, there’s certainly no denying the shouting part, anyway.)
So will we be seeing another collab between these apparent kindred spirits in the future? If it’s up to Zanotti, yes. “I really would love having a guest designer like Kanye during Milan’s fashion week. He could shake the system with his adrenaline,” he told L+T. If he’s in any way hinting at some secret Kanye West popup show happening this week in Milan… send an invite our way, boys–our inbox is always open.