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Kanye West's Runway Debut: Critics Weigh In

10/03/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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Kanye West showed his first-ever collection in Paris Saturday night, as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsay Lohan and Anna Wintour watched eagerly from the front row. Set in the City of Light’s Lycée Henri IV, it was a runway show filled with leather, fur and lots of skin — and the critics weren’t so impressed.

Wall Street Journal style columnist Christina Binkley wrote that the show was at time “painful,” and recalled the Flinstones when referencing one particular breastplate. And though she “liked the perforated black leather” seen on several garments, she didn’t love the way it was used. “A vast quantity of luxury materials can’t blind people to a lack of creative marksmanship,” she wrote.

Eric Wilson from the New York Times agreed somewhat; he wrote, “it was obvious that most of the clothes suffered from a poor fit.” Women’s Wear Daily, on the other hand, was a bit kinder; it called the show “neither triumph nor train wreck” and said “it had the earnest veneer of a beginner, which was sort of endearing.”

West, who helped design a line of scarves for M/M in the spring, didn’t give interviews before his show began. But he did grab the mic during an after-party at Club Silencio, and begged critics to give him a chance.

“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,” he said. “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.”

He continued, “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.”

To view the full collection, visit style.com. Tell us: What do you think of West’s collection?

–Kate Hogan

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Jean on

Kanye’s line is not nearly as bad as some critics have said. In fact he did get some positive reviews. Unfortunately some ignorant people may never get over the past. Taylor Swift moved on time for some of you to also!

kjg on

I am in LOVE fashion, but Kanye should just stick with music and love fashion from a distance like the rest of us…

Katie on

I find the blue shoes perplexing and wonder why the chick on the right looks like she’s got a parachute on her back.

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susan on

Oh Kanye…..you are just tooooo funny. Do you really think you are a designer???? LMAO

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saw some piece i would wear ..Good job kanye

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Lia on

Not so sure I love his clothes, but unlike most “Celebrity designers,” Kanye actually put in some work. He left the music game in order to intern at different fashion houses so that he could learn from the ground up. Half the contestants on Project Runway don’t even have that much. That shows the sincerity of the man.

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