Kanye West’s first fashion collection made its long-awaited catwalk debut during Paris Fashion Week on Saturday – but it wasn’t best received.
In terms of playing it cool, Kanye did everything right – the front row was heaving with A-listers, including Anna Wintour, Alexander Wang, Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Jared Leto – and his runway boasted some of the most sought-after models with the likes of Anja Rubik, Chanel Iman, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Jourdan Dunn.
However, despite his best efforts, his inaugural womenswear collection was predictably met with much scrutiny from industry insiders, especially concerning the fitting of the garments.
Cathy Horyn from the New York Times tweeted, “Next season Kanye should get a tailor so clothes might fit. Models swimming in some looks”, while the Telegraph‘s Lisa Armstrong wrote:
“Kanye West‘s fashion debut was like being subjected to an hour long MRI scan – but not as much fun… If this is the way fashion’s going then anyone with any real talent should seriously consider a career in Tesco instead.”
Other critics complained the collection was laden with furs and leathers - two fabrics definitely not at home on a spring/summer catwalk.
Seems it wasn’t quite the Victoria Beckham surprise we’d wondered it might be. Still, with Beyonce and Jay-Z reportedly hanging around backstage, we have to wonder what his next catwalk outing will bring.