Kanye West did not show his fashion line at Paris Fashion Week but one of his designs managed to score him some attention. The rapper turned designer was photographed walking through Paris in a green sweatshirt with tree branches printed all over it. West paired the sweatshirt with leather pants and a pair of clashing red and black sneakers.
West has always been known for being a trendsetter but this recent fashion choice coupled with his fashion line getting mixed reviews is a hit on that reputation. West’s girlfriend Kim Kardashian has been spotted in clothes and shoes from his fashion line which resulted in musings that the “Gold Digger” rapper is ruining the reality vixen’s style. Fashion industry heavyweights and the media have also criticized the line.
“When Joan Smalls closed the show, wearing an adhesive black gauze dress with a strip of alligator running up the front, it seemed as if Mr. West’s approach to making a dress was like a cook wrapping leftover turkey,” said one writer in a review for The New York Times.
For some, West’s fashion rep doesn’t mean he’s meant to be a designer. “I sit in chairs but that doesn’t mean I can be a furniture designer,” mused one Style.com writer.
West himself has admitted that it has been hard for him to break into fashion. “The biggest conversation I had was about the whole idea of a celebrity-designer or a rapper-designer,” he said The New York Times. “That was the biggest hurdle when you are trying to get people to work with you.”