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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LAURA on

He’ll never make it as a designer. He’s too rough and doesn’t have the people skills to be in that industry.

Tiffa on

I totally agree

bebo on

his clothes look like hooker chic or what he wishes his dates would wear. How many women want their chests hanging out?

Deltamama on

I am by no means a fashion expert but the blue shoes throw me off and the girl on the right looks like she has no neck which I’m sure isn’t the case. just my opinion

Jester on

Does the model on the right have a parachute attached to her? Not too crazy about the look…

BUBBY MAYO on

Cant stand him . Hes made a name for him self . Thats for sure. Would not even look at his stuff.
He is an ass , dont want my children to even listen to his music. And they really dont like him and there friends dont care for him either. There ages are 19 yrs to 15 yrs. They always say he is a big cry baby when he dosent get his way.Just because he is afriend of JZ dosent mean he can do and treat people like dirt.

Susan on

I disagree that he will not make it because he “is rough.” Some of the better designers are eccentric and “rough” (McQueen, Galliano, Betsy Johnson, Vivienne Westwood, to name a few). Yet, mainstream media and some fashion heavyweights love them (Kate Middleton, Sarah Jessica Parker in SATC and countless fashion editors). Not to mention, they sell well. Before you judge, show us that you can do better.

Elle on

I agree with Susan, it’s a first attempt. It’s not my taste, even if I could afford it. He could build a successful line Sean Combs

judy on

it annoys me to me see, actors and singer … calle themselves designers…..then you have the real designers who go to school to get the knowledge and education behind fashion. And they don’t get a chance!!!

Spanish Fly on

Im a fan of hip hop. I do not like Kanye as a person. As an artist he is “AHRITE”. Why does every hip hop star have to have a line? i do not get it. Not enough money in the units sold? just getting so old.

Van on

It’s not about having the best venue, models or materials if your designs aren’t good. Kanye doesn’t seem to understand that. Style can be learned taste can not.

BBB on

Kanye has a lot of creativity. He’s been a great song producer and has done well for himself in his own music career. Is fashion another calling? Maybe. It’s totally possible that his creativity can be channeled into that. I don’t immediately discount him for his celebrity because unlike most celebrities a lot of what he puts out there is his own. Actors/actresses use other people’s material, many singers these days don’t write their own songs, a lot of these people may have a name but have never actually created the things they are best known for. Kanye, on the other hand, did only behind the scenes things for many years and has true talents.

So There on

Really? I mean really? Why? Ridiculous.

Tang Mu on

Kanye West is a big mouth loser. I wish he’d just get lost forever. I would not characterized him as a singer either – maybe a has-been entertainer at best.

MsNykki on

No matter what Kanye designs, he will be heavily criticized by the so-called fashion critics. He is one of the most hated celebrities in America and can do no right in the public’s eye. He will never be given a fair chance. His new line is not nearly as bad as people are making it seem. Some pieces are actually ready-to-wear unlike most runway designs. Stop being so close-minded and give him a chance, people…

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lilsheepie on

Well, that was disappointing. These clothes look basic and plain. I can get basic anywhere. There is nothing new, different, or exciting here. If he wants me to buy his designs, he’s going to have to show me something I haven’t seen before. Are these clothes meant for a particular market? I don’t want to dress like an old lady, Kanye.

Rek on

It’s as tacky as he is.

chazzy on

Karma baby, you try to get in everybodys business and want everyone to think you know everything, well I guess now you know not everyone believes in what you say, and you suck at designing. Ha Ha

Mot Drof on

Sloppy fit with no particular vision nor individual voice.

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

JJ on

It SUCKS!

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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.

gimme a break on

There were a few pieces that were nice but this looks like what every other designer shows,no thing new or special.

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Kariss on

Kanye is very exotic with everything he does; and why his creativity comes to others as overwhelming. HE IS A RADICAL. He has been writing and producing well before he decided to step from behind the camera. People misconstrue him because he does have immaturity behind handling his emotions; but how he deals with himself on a personal growth has nothing to do with the creativity he has. He is almost too intelligent for his own good and people tend to either love or hate him. But you have to respect him as a talent. He does not slim on anything he touches.

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tiff on

So tired of celebs getting every opportunity handed to them for no reason except they are famous for something entirely unrelated. Anyone actually think a no-name new designer would have doors opening for them based on what Kanye threw together here? Not in a million years.

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Tina on

I believe that people are reacting to their emotions of dislike for the person, rather than his sense of fashion. Although I do believe at times he can be a bit obnoxious, I also believe he can grow to be a great designer.

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A.B on

Seriously?…look at the way he dresses…I would not buy his clothes if he designed them according to his style =)plus cause i don’t like him either.

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Jonathon on

Kanye is a creative,explosive,talented music producer/artist and is an extremely create person ; he knows how his mind works and only he can channel his imagination ; lets see what he has in store for us ?

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