February 26th, 2014
Andre Leon Talley, Fashion, Fashion News, Kanye West, Louis Vuitton
The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Kanye West Has More Complaints for The Fashion Industry, Everyone’s Buzzing About Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton Debut, and André Leon Talley Has A New Instagram Handle
By The Fashion Bomb Staff


It's hard out here for a creative genius

It’s hard out here for a creative genius

Kanye West may have vowed to lay off Nike in his regularly scheduled rants, but he didn’t promise to stop talking about his unfair treatment in the fashion industry altogether. The rapper and husband-to-be voiced some of his frustrations on Late Night With Seth Meyers about the lack of creative control he’s been afforded in designing his collections: “I give you paintings, sonic paintings. I have synesthesia, I can see sound. So when I do fashion, I want to give you sculptures — it’s like Michelangelo, the church wanted him to paint and he wanted to do sculptures,”  he said. “The difficult thing for me is that I just want to be able to use marble and make sculptures, but due to the fact that I’m a celebrity and all these different things, they’re like, ‘No, you can’t do this, you have to do this kind of line.’ And it’s the first of its kind, so there’s been a lot of confusion about why I want to do it and why I’m so frustrated about it… it’s an overall creative expression.” Considering ex-Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière (who is an actual clothing designer), left the brand because label execs were stifling his creativity, I have a hard time believing that the root of Kanye’s artistic troubles is his celebrity. But hey, it’s Yeezy’s world… we just live in it. (Fashionista)



• Vogue Paris is starting a fashion fund of its own… but not to help new designers. The French Fashion Bible is partnering with Paris’s Palais Galliera museum to raise money in order to help support clothing and fashion photography exhibitions. “Many international editions of Vogue, including the American, British, Italian, and Indian Vogue already have initiatives to back young creation,” Vogue Paris publisher Delphine Royant told WWD. “But young designers already get support in France…. It is in Vogue Paris’ DNA to give access to creation to the public.” The Palais Galliera will receive a yearly €137,417 grant, and Vogue will hold an annual fundraiser to benefit the project during couture fashion week. The first one will go down July 9th. (WWD)



• Paris is buzzing right now, with the arrival of Rihanna, who allegedly came to town for Drake‘s concert at the  Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. Word is, the singer might stick around to take in Balmain‘s Fall 2014 show tomorrow, to which she has reportedly been invited. (WWD)


Balenciaga Spring 2013 RTW

Louis Vuitton is arguably one of the most anticipated shows of Paris Fashion Week, as it is the debut of Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director of the label. While the designer is staying mum on what we can expect from the collection, some inside sources told WWD the show “is likely to reference Vuitton’s roots as a maker of trunks.” We can also look forward to a powerhouse front row. Ghesquière has reportedly invited some of his fellow designers; Alber Elbaz, Riccardo Tisci, Raf Simons, and more to take in the show. (WWD)

andre leon talley is not gay

André Leon Talley‘s got a new Insta-handle, ya’ll! The Numéro Russia editor-at-large just started ‘gramming on @andreltalley yesterday. So far, there are screenshots from his gig at Zee Cee Zappos Couture, and, of course, Tom Ford‘s cover for Numéro Russia. Check it out! (Instagram)


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4 Responses to “The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Kanye West Has More Complaints for The Fashion Industry, Everyone’s Buzzing About Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton Debut, and André Leon Talley Has A New Instagram Handle”

  1. Starzilla says:

    As to Kanye, I do believe him when he says the fashion industry is trying to pigeonhole him and stifle his creativity because he is a Black Rapper. I believe that Kanye has a hard time expressing himself clearly and it is difficult for the audience to understand his point, but he does have a point. And when he is able to articulate himself clearly and thoroughly (albeit it will be long winded), I understand and relate. In an interview with the breakfast club (I YouTube-ed it), I heard Kanye discuss and explain his frustrations clearly. Basically, as a Black Rapper he feels that the fashion industry wants him to make urban-wear only but that is not what he wants to do. When he presents ideas he says that he is steered in that direction. He does not see longevity in urban-wear for himself. He believes he can reach a more diverse audience and showcase creative art in the form of fashion. He wants to express himself in clothing and does not feel that it should be one dimensional because he believes he is a multidimensional creative.
    It is not hard to believe that the fashion industry leaders and executives believe Kanye’s brand is only one thing and only want to support the brand they see his role in, urban/hip-hop. I think so many of us can relate. In our careers, in life, people see as one way when we believe ourselves to be much more. Specifically, as black people we know when we feel ourselves being used as a token, when are put in front of an audience to perform only the song and dance they believe we can sing and perform, when we are given a certain workload or certain clients that limits our growth and exposure, when we are asked certain question as if we are a the reference point to all black voices. We as people are so much more than that. We are complex and multifaceted. We can like rap and pop, hip-hop and blue-grass (just illustrative examples). Kanye sees himself that way, he does not want to be limited. Maybe he will not be the greatest fashion designer, he just wants an opportunity to present his ideas, break down walls and show that he can be creative and do more in the fashion industry – and therein lies his frustration. I think we can all draw parallels to his story and our experiences.

  2. I concur Starzilla I also watched the video and saw KW point and not as a rant.

  3. above-par says:

    @Starzilla, PREACH!Us as black people don’t even realize when we are being marginalized because its become so commonplace.

  4. Er... says:

    Where is the preceding part of starzillas comment???

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