• Show Review: DW by Kanye West Spring 2012

    Kanye West’s highly anticipated Spring 2012 Fashion Show took place October 1st at Lycee Henri IV in the 5th arrondissement in Paris. Noted fashion editors Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, Stefano Tonchi, Sally Singer, and Robin Givhan, along with celebrity guests Lindsay Lohan, Tameka Raymond, the Olsen twins, Jared Leto, and Ciara piled into the hot room to see what Kanye had in store.

    Kanye certainly poured a lot of time into his latest endeavor. In addition to sitting front row for several seasons at women’s ready to wear shows (undoubtedly taking notes), he’d interned at Fendi, designed for Louis Vuitton, consulted with Central Saint Martins professor Louise Wilson, and tapped designer Louise Goldin and several CSM students to help him with his latest foray. The result was a mélange of saucy separates and club dresses, uplifted by well placed cut outs, dangerously low v’s, and high hems.

    Working with neutral beige, white, and black, along with pops of cobalt blue and red, West proposed spandex mini dresses, crop tops, and maxi skirts, accessorized by name plate necklaces and fur trimmed as well as strappy Giuseppe Zanotti x Kanye West heels.

    Models Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman,Jourdan Dunn, and more stomped down the runway to songs by the Fugees, Waka Flocka Flame, and of course, West himself (unfortunately he didn’t play Ni**as in Paris. Too predictable).

    Knit embellished jackets covered matching knit crop tops, which balanced loose fit pants and beige heels. Sequined blazers topped metallic bootcut pants. Leather also came to play in tunics and slashed shorts placed under luxurious fur vests.

    With everyone dripping sweat in the tiny venue, it was hard to imagine fur for Spring. However, an off shoulder top and ivory maxi skirt with a slight mermaid hem certainly caught my eye. I would wear that.

    All in all, Kanye did well. There were no samurai type costumes in sight, and in fact, most pieces were quite wearable. No word yet on the price point, though I’d certainly splurge on a piece or two. Yes, there were a few cringeworthy moments, most notably a back slit cut so high a model’s derriere seemd to spill out. But the color palette was simple, and the designs saucy with ample sass.

    Check out the final walk:

    Now the real question, Bombers and Bombshells: What did you think?

    *Not sure, but we think DW stands for Donda West.


    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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