If Kanye West thought that he was done reading embarrassing things about his debut collection, he unfortunately has one more to get through. In the New York Times, Eric Wilson explored some of the hurdles Kanye is facing and also analyzes whether or not the rapper really understands what he needs to do to improve. Plus Wilson got some absolutely golden quotes from fashion industry people about the collection.
The piece starts off with this gem, after describing that f-bomb heavy speech Kanye gave at his after party:
“I gave you everything that I had,” [Kanye] said, one of his few printable remarks. If that is true, Mr. West faces bigger obstacles in life than credit-card debt. His show was described by those who attended as, at best, a disappointment, and yet the rapper could be found almost everywhere during Paris Fashion Week defending himself.
Other salient points:
-At that dinner in Azzedine Alaia's kitchen, Kanye told everyone he "meant for those sausage-casing dresses, the sagging trousers and the swimming jackets dripping with sparkles and strips of fuzzy bits to fit the way that they did."
-Kanye cornered Joe Zee to complain that he didn't really care for all the criticism he was getting about showing fur in the spring. Zee's response to this diatribe? "All I said was congratulations. I wasn't even there."
-Wilson thinks Kanye is pretty clueless about the fashion industry's perception of him, demonstrating "very little understanding of how he might actually be perceived by retailers and editors who have a vast amount of experience at detecting utter nonsense." OUCH. Apparently the swagger that is so necessary for a rapper doesn't really work in fashion. While fashion designers definitely have egos, I think this industry likes you to at least seem humble.
-Our contributor Long Nguyen, who was at the show, said, "I feel bad, actually, that there wasn’t anything to grab on to. But you can’t just dump some fox fur on a runway and call it luxury.”
-Carine Roitfeld was a little more gentle, saying, "I’m sure he knows what he did wrong and what he did right. He tried hard, and he wants to learn.”
-The best quote of them all, which says so little yet speaks volumes in its brevity? Anna Wintour said, "Ask someone else."