People had lots of not nice things to say about Kanye’s DEBUT FASHIONZ. Now let’s take a look at how Kanye responded to to the criticism!
Eric Wilson‘s New York Times review has a LOL-worthy correction (“An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the name on Mr. West’s chain. It is ‘Yeezy’, not ‘Weezy’.”), but it was Cathy Horyn who had the chance to discuss Kanye’s collection with the man himself. Naturally, the two found themselves at a dinner party in Azzedine Alaïa‘s kitchen. Writes Horyn:
Mr. West acknowledged the criticism of his show — the poor fit, the casting. He was completely open about the learning-curve problems and indicated that he planned to deal with them. Everybody who gets into fashion, including musical superstars, realizes how hard the business actually is — putting your ideas across, getting things made on time. But Mr. West was certainly proud of his ropey, beaded stilettos. “Have you seen anything else like them this season?” he said, pointing to Ms. Iman’s feet in the Alaia kitchen.
We love that Horyn pulls no punches, and that Kanye wants to learn more and do better. The rapper-turned-designer also had some thoughts the night before, at the afterparty for his show. And thanks to WWD, we have the whole thing transcribed!
Thank you for anybody that didn’t believe, because they motivated us to break our boundaries. We don’t know what the reviews will be, we don’t know what they will say, but I got a chance to go to Italy and feel those fabrics. I begged Louis Vuitton to let me do more shoes after my shoes sold out in two weeks, and they did not. I begged Nike, I begged this company to let me do it. And I took out motherf—ing loans to get the best models, to get the best designers, to get the best venue. I gave you everything that I had.
This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s—. I don’t f— with celebrities. I f— with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place.
The amount of people that tried to get me a celebrity f—ing deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f— up ! Or Hedi Slimane in the motherf—ing Mercer, sitting with me, saying, ‘Stop giving them your ideas, Kanye. Do your own thing.’ Hedi Slimane! To feel so frustrated. And I thank anybody who came to this party, everybody who supported, everybody who believed, because people thought it was a joke, and maybe people still do, but I can only grow from this point.
And then the DJ apparently played Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness”, which ‘Ye and Jay-Z sampled on Watch The Throne. So, here you go: