You may recall that Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel had a bit of a spat over the Twitter–after Kimmel aired a pretty damn funny spoof of adorable kids reenacting Yeezy’s now famous Fendi-leather-pants rant. Well, after letting off some steam (with #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK, of course) and a visit to Paris Fashion Week with Kim, Kanye was in a conciliatory mood when he stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.
The interview started off a bit awkwardly, with Kimmel making conversation by asking who West was wearing (Ralph Lauren) and if the rapper was sporting a new set of grillz. And then West clarified that he’s “had it in my mouth for about three years,” so there’s that. But when Kimmel replayed a cut of the offending video, even West couldn’t help but laugh and then the fun really started.
Let’s just say that there was a lot of signature Kanye West monologue/diatribe/stream-of-consciousness talk going on, with some fashion-y highlights, starting with Kimmel gifting li’l North West with a pair of baby-sized leather jogging pants. Awww… Kimmel was kind of concerned about how uncomfortable they might be, but he must have missed the memo that little Nori already owns several pint-sized leather pieces.
West then revisited his rejected leather jogging pants pitch to Fendi and dropped this interesting gem: “I would sit with Hedi Slimane, who’s now the head designer of Saint Laurent and he would say stop giving these big brands your ideas.” Must have been back when the two were on better terms.
West also touched upon the racial diversity issue in the fashion industry, stating, “But currently in fashion–and the way that fashion world works–there’s no black guy at the end of the runway in Paris, in all honesty.”
However, he thinks his main obstacle to being taken seriously in the industry is “classism” and not “racism.”
At one point, he gave Kimmel’s audience a lesson on who’s who in the business, listing off all the execs he’s met with (it’s a long one):
For me, when I’m in Paris and I’m sitting in Fashion Week for you know nine years and, you know, South Park makes fun of our outfits and all this or people don’t understand why we’re all there and I’m getting called names–stuff you can’t even say like on TV–and I still can’t break that wall down and at a certain point it’s like Michael Jackson trying to get his videos on [MTV]… because you know that’s [who's] known more for clothes than me? And to not be able to do and produce to the highest level and to have a meeting with everyone–I’m talking about Andrew Rosen of Theory, this guy over here, this guy that runs this company, Li & Fung, blah blah blah. These are the real people that produce the clothes that are on your back. Zara. Out there, Ortega [Amancio Ortega Gaona, founder of Inditex/owner of Zara] H&M, blah blah blah. Sit down [with] Francois Pinault, blah blah blah. Everyone just kind of looks at you like you’re crazy and like you gonna crash the internet. And you’re just like, how can you get a shot and you try to do it on your own and no like real designers will work for a rapper and you just cannot overcome it.
Make sure to block out about 30 minutes to watch the full two-part interview right here (the leather pants make an appearance in part two):