Kanye's Paris Fashion Week debut gets mixed reviews
October 3rd, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Kanye's Paris Fashion Week debut gets mixed reviews

Kanye West’s highly anticipated fashion line has finally made its debut, and Fashionista.com reports that it was not exactly a smashing success.

The rapper showed his collection during Paris Fashion Week, and fashion critics began to post unimpressed remarks even as the first models were going down the runway.

A pack of celebrity pals and fashion heavyweights showed up for the Saturday night show, including Anna Wintour, Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan, Ciara and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and the event was certainly “monumental,” as Ciara tweeted.

Style.com described the soundtrack and staging as “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.” But the clothes? Not so much.

Despite the fact that the collection was spring/summer, West’s “heavy” looks featured lots of fur and leather, and apparently many of the items were ill-fitting.

“Next season Kanye should get a tailor so clothes might fit,” New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn tweeted. “Models swimming in some looks. Kills the hot look, no?”

International Herald Tribune style editor Jessica Michault put it this way: “The Kanye West show, in my humble opinion, is proof that everyone can love fashion but not everyone can be a fashion designer.”

One critic even called Kanye "designer" in quotes.

But some outlets were a little kinder. Style.com was encouraging: "[T]onight's show suggests that conquering his new medium is a work in progress."

“Of the 23 looks showed, there were a few that I think might work for a certain customer,” reads Fashionista.com’s official review.

Women's Wear Daily deemed the show “neither triumph nor train wreck,” but noted that “in general the leathers and cuts were too clunky. The rest of the collection cribbed from the work of the designers he admires…” Ouch.

Kanye wouldn’t give any interviews pre-show, but spoke to the New York Times after he saw his looks go down the runway. “I had a lot of ideas about colors and shapes I wanted to express [and] I’m really happy where I ended up,” he said of his collection.

He added that his “biggest hurdle” in putting the collection together was “the whole idea of a celebrity-designer or a rapper-designer.”


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  2. Benjamin

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    April 24, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
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    November 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gigi Creative Talent

    He's a newbie – but the other designers really knocked it out of the park! Gorgeous clothes for every woman! http://gigicreativetalent.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/joie-de-vivre-for-women-at-paris-fashion-week/

    October 6, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ronei Daselva

    whats mixing up in fashoin blog.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Taylor

    @Cookie You're an idiot,not funny or anything but stupid.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cookie

    Em wonder if i can put my fat a55 in his clothing. i'ld be 1 styling b!t(h shouting out 2 all me homies and showing off my blink blink y'all

    October 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paco

    ConYea West is as useless as he is classless. Maybe someone will shoot him.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • SMF

      @Paco... YOU NEED TO BE SHOT... POINT BLANK

      October 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paco

      Has it hit the wires about ConYea and Wacka Flacka Flamer being gay lovers yet? ConYea likes all his homies to ream out his smelly butt before he wears a new dress.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jen

    OMG!Mr.West your clothes are bad a**ed.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pakistani dress collcetion

    he is really a best rapper..!

    October 4, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. MadCityBabe

    oh who the hell is he kidding?! Designer?! Ya, sure -

    October 4, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. JBT

    The 'wite wiminz'find us we don't have to wine or dine them they go straight to the Subway.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. fourforfore

    Wearing dead animals is simply repulsive. What a creep. His "music" sucks too. Why do people support this talentless egomaniac?

    October 4, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      B/c they are sheep. Same reason why people watch the Kardashians.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. jb2817

    Kanyes fashions hate black people

    October 4, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Snoop Dogg

    Fo shizzle, Kanye just a punk. He can't compete wif me in da music biz, so he gots to branch out into fashion so he can make a dollah!

    October 4, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  16. @JUGGERNAUT

    If you gots curves (big a$$) then you need to change yo name to J!GGAB00.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  17. susan maasch

    i read some of the negative reviews before I saw the show so I was not expecting much. But I have to say this is some of the best fashion I have seen in a long time. Its mostly wearable, relatable,comfortable,beautiful, hip,modern,fresh and it seems to be cut well to me, not everyone wants a super tailored fit as the critics seemed to want, relatable...you go Kanye, coming from 3 generations of fashion designers I say, you have got a gift and you blow me away with your fashion and music.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • grebis

      Well, now that we have heard from 3 generations of FAIL, I consider my day complete.

      October 4, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • RF

      Thanks for the report Kanye!

      October 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • HotVolcano

      I didn't know Kanye Tool Boy had a sister...Nice goin...you got your boy's back! Sigh..what next?

      October 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. nala

    Why do celebs need to have their own clothing line, perfume, shoes, drinks, jewelry, etc... Don't they make enough money? Pure greed!!!

    October 4, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
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    October 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. JAM

    @edna,I live in New York and you're more likely to see these outfits worn in SoHo than Harlem.They aren't 'ghetto' they're hideous.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • truc

      Trish You haven't read any of his others yet, have you?Beth Go. Read. Now.J.C. yes, reeivw is a generous term, in this case. Melissa I think it's slightly ahead of Looking for Alaska for me. It's hard, because I love both of them (way more than Katherines), but I think the road trip from Paper Towns puts it in the lead.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  21. bud

    Why does a moron have a fashion show? I wonder if he interrupted the models, maybe came out in miniskirt and heels? What an idiot

    October 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  22. MoonDancer is gone

    @PortalPunk no you're not either. Even more lame than the person you're copying! FAIL-O-METER is off the scale!

    October 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. bud

    Surely Taylor Swift was there to buy something. But she didn't get to say anything, just pointed.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  24. PortalPunk

    It's Monday and I'm FIRSTY!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  25. PortalPunk

    I'm not dead- I'm dead FIRSTY!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. MoonDancer is gone

    cuz everyone knows rappers have cornered the market on style. look what they've done for the dental industry with all the "grill work". and sales of stylish boxers have gone thru the roof. makes it easy for us normal folks to spot the morons!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • grebis

      Exactly. It's gotten to the point that only white people can run from the cops though...no pants down around their ankles. Maybe they are practicing for how it is when they get to prison.

      October 4, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  27. edna

    Thanks Evel : ) We hope your afternoon rules !

    October 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Evel Knievel

    More sports jerseys, straight billed caps, Adidas, and baggy pants?

    October 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  29. edna

    Just because gals in the hood think an outfit is glamorous doesnt mean it is good for the rest of us. Not everyone has a ghetto body like Oprah or Aunt Jemimah.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Anomic Office Drone

    It does suck to always have that label of celebrity-designer or singer-actor or whatever else, but when you use your fame from one area to expand in to another area, isn't that exactly what you are?

    October 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  31. PortalPunk is Dead

    I lol'd IRL

    October 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |

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