Finding a signature design path requires more than two collections, however, it seems that the singer-turned-style creator Kanye West is ready to take over the center stage with a series of impressive and improved collections. Aiming for the same success story as in music, the rapper decided to enter the magical realm of contemporary fashion with his own unique and still ‘under construction’ style vision. The Kanye West fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection didn’t make the heart of style critics race, but still offered an insight into the evolution of the aspiring designer. Building the whole outfit parade around the iconic image of a rock diva who knows how to inject cosmopolitan edge into her wardrobe.
The statement makeup looks along with glamazon footwear designs and a limited color palette (including black, ivory and sandy shades) guaranteed the perfect atmosphere for a fascinating show. Fusing the sensual femininity of fur with cutting edge leather elements and complete ensembles revealed the intention of Kanye West to crystallize his own style vision and concentrate only on a few of the most iconic trends. Offering a brand new remix of these cult tendencies proved to be the secret weapon to melt the heart of the fashion fold and earn a second chance to impress the world. Juggling with the visual impact velvet, leather and the oh-so-refined astrakhan can create when sculpted with creativity and precision is another secret method of the rising couturier to land in the spotlight.
Models dressed in biker jackets, chic leather pants and pencil skirts tried to breathe life into the latest style vision of Kanye West. According to the latest style reports, accessories attracted the attention of style fans who were impressed by the futuristic-glamazon boots, leather back packs, crocodile chokers and fur bags. The front row populated by Ricardo Tisci, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour and Giuseppe Zanotti radiated the credit all these style icons and gurus give to Kanye West despite the fact that the collection failed to make a dramatic and drop-dead-gorgeous statement.
The sharp and piercing criticism style editors used at the presentation of the very first collection of the rising designer generated a subtle still strong conflict between the media and Kany West. Christian Binkley of the highly-acclaimed Wall Street Journal claimed that, “Overall, given the extremely low expectations, I’d say he pulled it off. But with a lot of help. The rumors that he has been hiring consultants right and left seem likely accurate.”
Eric Wilson from The New York Times also added that, “Harder, faster, stronger, maybe just a little bit better. After a debut collection that was a critical flop last fall, Kanye West resumed his fashion career in Paris on Tuesday night, picking up right where he left off, with a spectacle of slinky dresses, leather pants that didn’t quite fit, furry peplums, broadtail stretch pants, some souped-up go-karts and Kim Kardashian. Well, at least that was an improvement.” In spite of the fact that the collection had no more than 20 outfits, it still reflected the strong style aspirations of this ambitious designer.
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