We’ve got to hand it to Ye. After a year’s worth of fashion rants (will we ever forget the leather jogging pant?) and one abbreviated overpriced collection for A.P.C., Kanye West is finally living up to his design aspirations. Maybe all of those monologues are just part of his creative process? His second effort for the French brand A.P.C., which was announced on the low last December, just debuted at Paris Fashion Week and it’s full of #dopeness. Kanye’s personality is stamped all over it, from the double-denim looks—and one with a flag-like cape that could have hung in the Yeezus pop-up—to the moody zipper-stitched parkas paired with parachute pants, Timberlands, and balaclavas. For every dark look, there was a suited counterpart, styled with glasses and jackets worn as capes.
But did you really expect Kanye would deliver a collection without a monologue? Think again! After revealing that the collection was inspired by “paint colors” and his idea of the modern family—”It’s about what is the new family—it’s like me, Kim and North”—Kanye went innnnnn on the industry’s refusal to take him seriously: “Every factory I go to, every time I sit down and talk about it, it’s like whether I’m talking about clothes from the hip-hop side of things or talking about clothes with someone that is in the fashion industry to not have a prejudice against the U-shaped curve of success in your field.”
Kanye also hinted at the tension between him and A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou, who alluded to it in the past: “And Jean has given me the opportunity to take his experience, his taste level. Even if we don’t agree on things sometimes–you know, his levels of restraint, or my levels of turn up. Or sometimes his levels of turn-up! Sometimes he’s the one who wants to bring out the leopard T-shirt and I’m like, ‘I don’t know. I don’t want to be the black guy that did the leopard T-shirt.’” I don’t know about you, but I would love to see Ye’s take on the leopard T-shirt. If Kenzo can make it cool, so can Kanye, right?
No doubt he would have come across their spotted sweatshirts while studying up on fashion since Kanye also revealed he’s been browsing the webpages of famed photog bloggers Tommy Ton and The Sartorialist as well as collections on Style.com for design inspiration. “We’re going to turn down in 2014. It’s just to have patience. This is basically my third presentation to the world. I mean, I wanted to go to [Central] St. Martins but Louise [Goldin] said that I was too famous, so I basically had to learn clothes through Style.com, through Scott the Sartorialist, through Tommy Ton, and luckily, I was rich enough to make mistakes and learn just by being a fashion victim, which I definitely have been a fashion victim, and to flip it from being a fashion victim to maybe a fashion icon to a person who can give an opinion, and that’s what I’m in the process of doing. So I just want everyone to be patient with me.”