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Kanye West spring RTW 2012

Words: Emma van Braningen

October 4, 2011

The almost-fashion show fixture created a lot of hype around West’s debut show, choosing an opulent and typically Parisian venue and filling it with a most star-studded audience. There was a surprising amount of designers in attendance, who created a paparazzi frenzy. But despite the hype and famous faces, it would appear that Kanye could not pull through with the actual designs, ending in scathing reports.

Though a surprising collection, it confused the seasons by showing a lot of skin: both animal and model. Leather was paired with heavy, and rather rapper-like, fox furs, tiny snakeskin dresses with low-cut backs or plunging necklines were worn with gold chains, and white baggy trousers were patched together with different skins. Whether it was the décolletage, legs, back on show or nifty slit pointing towards the models derrière or perplexing bandage dresses, skin was revealed most excessively. Surprisingly unbling, sparkle was brought in in beading on the shoulders of leather – no surprise there – bomber jackets and on chunky, rather awkward heels. Zips found their way onto everything, from the front of multi-toned pants to the sides of snakeskin dresses.

The show was heavily criticized for having ill-fitting outfits, not just seasonally but also in terms of tailoring, and being unimaginative and crass in its use of animals. It wasn’t a monumental fail, and there were some desirable pieces, but unfortunately didn’t live up to its designer’s musical genius. Better luck next time, Kanye.

See the full collection here.

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