MR. WEST IS IN THE BUILDINGPhoto: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Image
After much anticipation Mr. Kanye West finally debuted his line, dubbed Dw by Kanye West, over the weekend during Paris Fashion Week.Photo: Alessandro Viero/GoRunway.com
Dw by Kanye West is a women’s line, and the debut drew the likes of designers such as Riccardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, and Jeremy Scott, and celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and singer Ciara.Photo: via Nemo Nisi Mors
Style.com‘s Review: Maybe that’s why what Kanye actually offered on the catwalk was such a surprise. He was keen to communicate that, as far as he was concerned, there was a couture level of workmanship in items that had taken three days to complete in the atelier he’d established in London. What we actually saw was something that looked like a baby Balmain vision of womenswear. The context was impeccable—soundtrack and staging exactly what you’d expect from someone whose 360-degree vision has been responsible for some of the best albums and concerts of the past decade. The clothes? Heavy might be the operative word: zippers in excelsis; suede and leather high-performance clothing; beading, crystals, and appliqué weighting jackets and tops. And more fur than you’d want on a night when the mercury hit the roof in Paris. It’s kind of a cheap shot to go the trying-too-hard route with someone who is so undoubtedly passionate about what he is doing, but at the same time, it’s frustrating that someone who seems to almost effortlessly realize his vaulting musical ambitions comes up short elsewhere, at least on the first attempt. Of course, what Kanye West is trying to achieve is unprecedented. There isn’t a fashion designer alive who could match his music. But tonight’s show suggests that conquering his new medium is a work in progress.
Got to love a man who knows his fashion.