Cape Town – Channel24 recently told you about Kanye West taking over the fashion world with his Yeezy Boost shoe line for Adidas.
The show was quite a spectacle
with models wearing minimal neutral tights or street wear in
red, green and black to let the shoes "shine".
Now the rapper/designer did an interview with style.com and some of his answers are what we call as "kanye-ism".
Here are some noteworthy things Yeezy said in the interview and see if you can make sense of them:
On being a designer:
"I wouldn’t consider myself to be a designer in that way, I just want to propose a solution to problems that me and my wife and my friends face. And then from my art background—from my heart background."
(so thoughtful of you Kanye)
If he reads the negative comments of his collection:
"Oh, no, they just need to have the clothing. Anyone that has a negative comment just needs to have the clothing in their life."
On reviews of his collection:
"There are a lot of kids in the streets that have waited for someone to speak for them and what they’re doing and for them to connect with it directly. And that’s what I’m here to do. Just as the last photo showed you, I’ve got an army behind me, so unless the reviewer is recognizing the army, they’re not recognizing the tank coming. I mean, I don’t know if people felt this, but it’s too late. Like the Drake album says, if you’re reading this, it’s already too late. If you’re seeing this, it’s already too late."
On the different types of body he uses for the show:
"In an army, people are different sizes. No one says you can’t join the army unless you’re 6'2". People sometimes ask, 'Why does Kanye West pander to fashion in this way?' I don’t pander to it, I’m trying to learn from it. Because I believe there’s some information in it that can help people have better lives. So this is very much a Robin Hood approach that I have to making clothes."
On high-fashion being old fashioned:
"I’m biased, but I think the best red-carpet look of all time—if not, one of the top five—was my wife’s look at the Grammys.
I just think for me as a person that dresses the most photographed person in the world, I get bored with ready-to-wear really easily. Here’s this glamorous being, this modern-day Helmut Newton girl, and you just get this "mid" thing. I just feel like we’ve been hit with this barrage of extreme medium. And you never go and ask, "Hey, can I get an extreme medium?"
On Kim being his muse:
"She was always my muse, now she’s become other designers’ muses. But soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars. And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it to me.
The so-called traction that I was getting in the high-fashion world was completely thrown out the window and I was finally allowed to go to school, where every day I was in my mom [Kris Jenner]’s house, in my little brother’s old room, Rob’s old room, re-tailoring a Céline skirt, re-tailoring a Saint Laurent jacket, re-tailoring a Zara top, re-tailoring Wolford … And day by day by day, [Kim and I] learned, we got better. We looked at the photographs together and she improved my style, we improved each other."
On the clothes taking 18 months in the making:
"I started 18 years ago. I mean, if we’re talking about the wait, what about my wait? These photographs right here that I’m showing you of these garments and how they’ve been presented, in my opinion are equal to any—not equal to Miuccia [Prada], but equal to a lot of things that are considered to be high-end. What else do you want from me? It’s hard, it’s hard for everyone, and it was a thousand times harder for me
I’m the spark. It’s up to people to be oil or water. If you’re water, your life’s already over."
On growing up with being interested by fashion:
"It’s in my code. I looked at the entire funeral and I said to myself, This looks just as good, if not better, than fashion shows that I go to in Paris. And I realized that it had all been a scam, that it had all been smoke and mirrors to present this concept that a straight black guy out of Chicago that’s a rapper, that’s married to a reality star, could somehow not design a coat, that can’t design a T-shirt, that can’t have enough of an opinion. You know, it’s like voting. Fashion is merely an opinion. And I’ve got a lot of opinions"
What influences are your influences:
"You guys know my fucking influences. I've got four influences and it’s written all over the face, you know the combination. Just as much as Drake is influenced by Kanye West, you know my fucking influences. I had a heartfelt discussion with all of these fucking Helmut Lang images that I stared at for so many years.
I had a heartfelt discussion with my Tumblr."
A lot of it seems to me to come from your personal style, too, especially as it’s developed over the last couple of years. Would you say that’s true in the Adidas collection?
"Oh, yeah, definitely. With my first collections, they would say, "I want to see more of you." And I didn’t even know who I was. And it was far less defined who I was, and I didn’t know who I was until I had a daughter. And then I realized that the purpose of life was to protect her and my wife at all costs. And that is who I am."
Do you feel that it was a stepping stone in this direction and now you’ve sort of gone all the way?
"One of my dreams was to be the head creative director of the Gap. I’d like to be the Steve Jobs of the Gap."
Now lets all do the Kanye face: