Kanye West Debuts Womenswear Collection, “Dw,” At Paris Fashion Week
Let’s have a toast for this runway hit!
After weeks of speculation, Chicago rapper, Kanye West traveled to France to unveil his first womenswear collection during Paris Fashion Week in a Paris middle school named Lycee Henri IV. Dedicated to his mother, Donda West, who passed away in 2007, the hip-hop visionary named his line “Dw,” and hoped to shirk the “celebrity” off of the title “designer” and be respected by his peers and the fashion industry.
Models Chanel Iman, who closed the runway show, Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn strutted down the catwalk in dazzling looks I’ve coined “hip-hop luxe,” to the sounds of Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in da Paint” and Common’s “The Light.” Kanye’s celebrity friends, like Lindsay Lohan, Ciara, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Terry Richardson, Mr. Hudson, Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Sky Ferreira, Carine Roitfeld, Vogue‘s Editor In Chief Anna Wintour, Jared Leto, Joseph Altuzarra and Dsquared‘s Dean and Dan Caton, littered the front row and many gave their approval.
“He did a great job,” said Ciara to the Associated Press. “Especially since for me, it’s so cool to see someone come from our music world and do something like this. It’s really hard. I walked away from this show feeling like I would love to wear this line. There is so much in it that’s right up my alley.” A clear fan, Ciara later tweeted, “KANYE is A GENIUS- TONIGHT was MONUMENTAL.”
Designer Jeremy Scott also sang Kanye’s praises, making mention of the hurdles the rapper faced. “Everyone probably thought it was going to be another like Jennifer Lopez‘s Macy’s line and it’s not, it’s really clear it’s not,” said Jeremy. “Kanye has impeccable taste and you see his taste level is up there. He’s a fan of design across the board. I have five-hour long conversations with him all the time about everything because he’s so obsessed, and I think we got a little bit of an insight into his mind there.”
Despite his cocky reputation, Kanye was notably humbled. “I’m so scared, I’m so nervous,” he told the press after the show. “The biggest conversation I hope I can end tonight is whole ‘celebrity designer’ thing. That’s the biggest hurdle when you want to get amazing people to work for you.”
Check out EVERY single Dw look in the gallery below. Do you think Kanye’s designs are a runaway hit or girl should you run away as fast as you can?