October 3rd, 2011
04:44 PM ET
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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