Kanye West Makes Runway Debut At Paris Fashion Week
She said Ye can we get married at the mall, er, runway show. After discussion about his womenswear clothing line DW by Kanye West, Yeezy finally brought his designs to the people in the form of a Spring/Summer 2012 runway show at Lycee Henri IV in Paris on Saturday, as part of the French city’s annual fashion week. Despite our earlier predictions that West would be incapable of not incorporating his own music—surprise appearances by Jay-Z are easy to come by, right?—West’s show featured a soundtrack by Common and Waka Flocka Flame—”Ni–as In Paris” is too cute?—a flock of lanky female models wearing monochrome, sleek dresses and color-blocking pants as well as a celebrity-filled audience. “I had a lot of ideas about colors and shapes I wanted to express. I’m really happy where I ended up,” West said, before acknowledging that making the transition from musician to designer was not easy. “The biggest conversation I had was about the whole idea of a celebrity-designer or a rapper-designer,” he explained. “That was the biggest hurdle when you are trying to get people to work with you.”
Luckily West has done his homework of late, attending multiple high-profile shows and befriending top designers like Azzedine Alaïa and Alexander Wang, both of whom were in attendance. Among those sitting front row were Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, Lindsay Lohan, Terry Richardson, Jared Leto, Sky Ferreira, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. “It was amazing. The clothes, the feeling in the room, the energy backstage—it really feels special,” Ciara told MTV News after the show. “It was definitely one of the most talked-about events [of Paris Fashion Week], because it wasn’t going to be your typical show. This doesn’t happen every day, and to see someone like Kanye, who aspires to succeed in fashion, to get so much respect and cross over like this, it was monumental. It was an historic moment.” As if Yeezy would have had it any other way.
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