Kanye West’s long anticipated debut as a fashion designer went down at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday (October 1), where he unveiled his own women’s line, dubbed Dw by Kanye West.
The runway show drew celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Jared Leto, Ciara and the Olsen twins, as well as designers such as Riccardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, and Jeremy Scott.
While he received applause after the showing, the reviews of his fashion debut were not as stellar among critics.
New York Times fashion writer Eric Wilson called the collection “confusing.”
“Mr. West, the rapper, did not disappoint, if only in terms of creating a scene … There was one good-looking pair of color-blocked pants in blue and coral, but it was obvious that most of the clothes suffered from a poor fit,” he wrote, adding: “What Mr. West eventually showed was confusing as well.”
Although he had yet to read any reviews, West made it clear that he needs a “chance to grow”, when he grabbed a microphone at his after-party Saturday to express his feelings about finally debuting his line.
“Thank you for anybody that didn’t believe, because they motivated us to break our boundaries.” Ye said, according to WWD. “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,” he added. “Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity sh**. 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 …The amount of people that tried to get me a celebrity f***ing deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f*** up !”
Further details regarding his collection is currently unknown.