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Karla Otto, the PR firm in charge of the Kanye West account, confirmed to WWD today that the rapper will not show a Spring 2013 collection in Paris this week.
West has thus far shown two collections in Paris, one for Spring 2012, and another for Fall. His first showing was universally panned, with critics like The New York Times‘s Eric Wilson saying, “What Mr. West eventually showed was confusing…it was obvious that most of the clothes suffered from a poor fit.” His second offerings were better-received, although rather tepidly.
So what does this mean for the Kanye West line? Karla Otto made no mention of whether the label will go kaput after this season. West’s design efforts haven’t been wholly unsuccessful; the shoes he created for rising Australian designer Dion Lee‘s Spring and Fall 2012 collections were well-received, and those famous pearly Giuseppe Zanotti pumps from his Spring 2012 offerings have appeared in a few editorials.
These days, it seems Yeezy has focused his energies on styling his latest muse, girlfriend Kim Kardashian. His foray into styling has also been greeted with mixed emotions. Either way, It’s clear Kanye is extremely passionate about fashion, and is just looking for his place in a tough industry. Can’t we all relate?
People will have their personal views on Kanye’s place in fashion; whether he should continue desgining, styling, etc. But the fact remains: Kanye loves fashion, ya’ll. He really, really does. And from one passionate fashionista to another, I encourage him to find his niche (he’s not bad at designing shoes!), and keep pursuing those things he loves.
What do you think? Should Kanye give up on designing altogether, or take some time out to hone his craft?