Kanye West’s Spring 2012 collection has already been criticized for many things, one of them being a lack of originality. One of the first tweets from inside the exclusive Paris show was from Jessica Michault (of the Times and International Herald Tribune) who said, “I think that every one of the designers sitting in the front row at Kanye West must have had a deja vue moment at some point during the show.” Ouch. Though, Michault does have a point.
From Alexander Wang to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen to Azzedine Alaia, the designers West chose to have in his front row, it seemed, were ones he is inspired by. So we dug up past looks–mostly fall 2011–from those designers, plus a couple of others, that looked eerily similar to the ones West showed on saturday. Click through and tell us if you agree.
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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:
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PARIS–In the car on the way past the Luxembourg gardens towards the Pantheon near where Kanye West held his debut womenswear collection on the fourth floor of the Lycée Henri IV, I thought about all those times that I had gone to the Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons show where clearly entertainment and not fashion was the main attraction. It was the era when bling triumphed over substance. Somehow I was hoping that this would not be the case for Kanye West. In fact, I was ardently hoping this would not be the case. Yet, I know that fashion is a roll of dice and in many cases one does not get double sixes, once or ever.
I remembered back in May 2007 when we shot Mr. West for Flaunt’s September 2007 fashion issue, he told me of his interest in someday doing a fashion line. Over the years, at the shows in Paris and New York, he has been a constant presence, sometimes an unwelcome one. But attending these shows was like being enrolled in fashion school. Seeing how other designers present their collections is like learning on the job. At the very least, one cannot fault his commitment and his enthusiasm for fashion which lead to last night’s show.
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Kanye West showed his debut collection tonight in Paris. The show was easily one of the most buzzed about of the week and he wrangled an impressive front row, with designers outweighing celebrities. Based on reports from Twitter and Eric Wilson’s just-posted write-up on the Times‘ blog On the Runway, Azzedine Alaïa, Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Olivier Theyskens, Dean and Dan Caten, Jeremy Scott and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were all there. The right editors were there too: Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, Glenda Bailey and Anna Dello Russo. As for the celebrities who showed? La Lohan was there, as we reported, and so was Ciara, but sadly Beyonce and Jay-Z were no-shows. Or maybe, not so sadly, considering the show was slammed by critics almost as soon as the first model hit the runway.
We’ll have our review posted tomorrow morning (our fabulous contributor, Flaunt’s Long Nguyen, was one of the lucky 100 granted a ticket). Until then, here’s what the critics had to say about it over Twitter. Warning, it’s not pretty.
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