Why Won’t The Fashion World Let Kanye Be Great?

Kanye just can’t seem to catch a break in the fashion world.
Though he’s demonstrated a clear love for the art form, mixed with industry influencers, and actually studies the craft, it seems critics are consistently poised to tear apart his every fashionable endeavor.

As we reported yesterday in the news, critics had a field day ripping his first collection, DW, to shreds, lambasting everything from the fit of the garments to the heels on the Giuseppe Zanotti x Kanye West shoes. DW might have simultaneously been the most highly anticipated and best attended yet most universally panned show of fashion week.

At the after party for his show Kanye made a heartfelt speech saying, “Thank you for anybody that didn’t believe, because they motivated us to break our boundaries. We don’t know what the reviews will be, we don’t know what they will say, but I got a chance to go to Italy and feel those fabrics. I begged Louis Vuitton to let me do more shoes after my shoes sold out in two weeks, and they did not. I begged Nike, I begged this company to let me do it. And I took out motherf—ing loans to get the best models, to get the best designers, to get the best venue. I gave you everything that I had. This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s—. I don’t f— with celebrities. I f— with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place.”

Kanye’s just trying to create beautiful things, people. But it seems at every turn he’s getting rejected, denied, then thrown under the bus.
Why Won’t The Fashion World Let Kanye Be Great?


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

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