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Sunday, 22 March 2009


As always fame has a tendency of trickling into overexposure. Brilliant artist and amazing music producer Kanye West dipped his toe into the deep sea of fashion a few years ago. Having occasionally demonstrated good taste in clothes, hiss addiction to fashion stardom and aspirations to influence got out of hand early this year. Bunny-hopping from show to show like a teen window shopping in every single store in a mall, Kanye excessively exhausted paparazzi photographers who had to endure him during fashion week.

Great minds think alike and so does irrational minds. The maximum publicity philosophy shared between Louis Vuitton and Kanye West suggests the two phenomenons were once conjoined twins. Having allowed the singer to use the Louis Vuitton store on 5th Avenue as a venue for his birthday, LV further devalued their brand by conceiving sneakers with Kanye. Resembling bulky sneakers an astronaut would wear playing space squash inside the International space station, slapping ones palm on the forehead followed by a disappoint head shake is the only logical reaction.

17 comments:

Kevin and myMANybags said...

I agree...Kanye West has never in my books displayed any flair for style. He's beyond tacky...and LV collaborating with him just makes me go...irrrrkkk...

Hope LV do not commit this next time...it's a true devalue of the brand.

Tony said...

"Money can buy you fashion, but it can't buy you style." In the case of Kanye, no truer words were spoken. I'll give him credit for effort and creativity, but his whirlwind taste in clothing lacks the seriousness and refinement of Louis Vuitton, and just doesn't seem like an appropriate match.

Start A Clothing Line said...

I like Tony's quote above. i agree, I guess it's more about money than true style.

rk said...

Couldn't agree more with the article; Tony gives a nice summary. Keep up the good work!

Matthew said...

Kanye West: lackluster at best.

His style was..."interesting" the first time we saw it. Now it's boring and over-celebrated in the media. True style comes from following the natural evolution of fashion.

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Syndicated Style said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I think Kanye's style is extremely tacky, both his music and his 'taste' in fashion. Nice post.

YouNeed2Know said...

LV is going where the money is, just like they have always done - they are the McDonald's of luxury fashion after all.

A lot U.S. rappers wear LV these days. And, the company knows that the kids will respond to this trend and try to emulate their idols. Kanye's sneaker designs are prefect for capturing this new and relatively untapped market segment.

While some snobbish, euro-centric "fashionistas" may not like this move, I have to admit that it's a smart one.

MANICPROJECT said...

Just take a look at the sneakers, say you didn't know who was involved or what brand was behind it, they look terrible in my opinion and that's the bottom line.

Anonymous said...

Unlike all these comments above, I think that Kanye has fabulous style. Although some outfits are over-the-top and just plain unnecessary, his outfits are ones that I would rock (for the most part). However, I don't like this collaboration with LV. In my opinion, the sneakers are hideous. But everyone should cut him some slack; all high-end designer sneakers have the same look somewhat, this included. The sneakers made by Lanvin/Gucci/D&G/etc. don't look that much better either.

Matthew said...

Kanye had one good outfit, but he wears it everyday. I'm over it.

Grant said...

Marc Jacobs is THE worst thing to ever happen to Louis Vuitton. Some of his earlier work was inspired; but since having developed this sort of 'Fashion Messiah' complex things have just got out of hand. The thing that made me truly fear for Vuitton's credability was their letting Jacobs send a show down the runway which was 'inspired' by Sponge Bob!

I weep for Vuitton's future.

Anonymous said...

disagree with many of the comments above. I believe those who dislike the look of the sneakers are viewing them through a "fashion" lens, and fail to recognize that the look of the streets which is popular now (80s hip hop and skater).

The Kanye-LV sneakers are exactly what I would anticipate from this kind of collab, and I'm so glad they don't look too sissy-fied like some of LV's previous sneakers.

Anonymous said...

those shoes are the ugliest things ever. people credit him as being stylish but as far as i can see his only talent is for acquiring clothes. he wears this bizarre mix of streetwear and high fashion that just doesn't work; it looks like some kind of parody of fashion rather than actual style.

Anonymous said...

Uhmm, why does everything have to be perfect in this blog? Do men have to wear certain type of clothes forever and ever? I want to see everything people are capable of making for fashion. Not just a good looking suit and a tie.

And is this the, "We think Kanye is the type of person that buys clothes because they're expensive, and looks aweful in everything he wears just because he is him." blog?

It's a new generation, were the usual can be anything, not just a clean suit and a tie.

My name is Rene, I am male, and I am only 15 years old, I just want people to understand that things shouldn't always be the same thing forever.

chuk_etcetera said...

There are too many opinions to address in these comments, but everyone has their reasons. Simply put, Kanye West is 'exceptional', As in "tending to be the exception" and not "outstanding".

Hopefully everyone agrees with that statement. And if so, you can see that Mr. West has found himself in the kind of place many public figures who were considered "exceptional" (even for celebrities) have. Prince, Madonna and David Bowie were all people who simply changed/grew/progressed creatively at such a rate and in such a direction that many onlookers were simply dizzied whether they were in support or not.

That last statement was probably very controversial, but these individuals serve as wonderful examples from history of the kind of phenomenon we are experiencing with Kanye.

Majik1987 said...

Granted this post is probably old to you and you're over it, I disagree with much of what you say as it's not completely fair. But here's my quick commentary: A)I love your blog. As a pretty fashionable 21 year-old male I always appreciate having somewhere I can go to get inspired for outfit ideas. B) I am a fan of Kanye West. I love his music and most of his style. Admittedly, his mullet was a mess. And some of his styling choices are ugly. But these shoes are not that bad. C)The fashionista in me knows that it's always nice to put on a cardigan, bowtie, and a nice pair of Cole Haans but there is certain part of me that recognizes the greatness of a 90s cross-colored t-shirt and flourescent colored shoes with some skinny jeans. It's all about knowing how to combine things and have respect for the entire spectrum, even in fashion homie.