Kanye West is probably the embodiment of the phrase, â€œGo Big or Go Home.â€
Not only is he regarded as near music royalty with his eclectic mix of hip-hop albums and known for his infamous Twitter rants, but he is now trying to make a lasting name for himself in the fashion world.
After previous failed attempts to bring out a successful clothing line, he tried again during New York Fashion Week. Weâ€™ve all seen the buzz surrounding Kanye Westâ€™s new fashion line, the collection with Adidas Originals. The line features the brand new Yeezy Boost sneakers which retail for upwards of $350 and is double that in some places. A lot of the clothing pieces are being describe as â€œready to wearâ€ with common pieces such as leggings, jackets, plain shirts with neutral colors. Valley took a look into the hype surrounding the line and also the reception it gained after its debut.
Unfortunately Kanyeâ€™s personal opinion of his prowess as a designer doesnâ€™t match public opinion of his new line. For the most part, the show was a flop. Even though the hype was there (the show was streamed in select cinemas worldwide) the workmanship wasnâ€™t. Fellow designers saw the line as appearing rushed and lazy, â€œIâ€™m not into his fashion thing,â€ Kelly Kutrone, founder of the fashion PR firm Peopleâ€™s Revolution, bluntly commented,â€ I think heâ€™s fine as a rapper. I think heâ€™s a joke as a fashion designer. Most people see the line as unimaginative and lacking innovation.”
Kanye has been in the news for a while for his over-the-top rants about his experience with breaking into the fashion world. Heâ€™s documented his struggles with various high end designers even claiming that he created leather jogger pants, but was shot down by Fendi. Kanye claims that a mix of racism, classism, and elitist attitudes are the reasons for his failure in the fashion world. I guess it really is about who you know.
Does Kanye have a point? Is the fashion world made up of closed-minded people? Or is he just not that skilled as a designer? Time will tell since he probably will try his hand again at next yearâ€™s Fashion Week.