There will be no shortage of rumors of all levels of absurdity leading up to Kanye West's purported Paris Fashion Week show, probably partly because nothing terribly interesting or exciting has happened yet this season. Can Kanye add meaning and his usual spark to the spring 2012 shows? If the rumors Grazia reports today are true, maybe. Their source says the line is being made by Central Saint Martins graduate students in Turnmills, "an enormous, now-defunct nightclub in London." They are being led by ex-CSM students Louise Goldin and Dean Quinn, and are probably also being consulted by Louise Wilson, who heads the school's graduate fashion program. More from this anonymous source:
‘Kanye was in fairly often (for all the fittings) [he] was very nice and polite and talked knowledgably [sic] about shape etc. but was prone to changing his mind a lot — in fact the whole process was slightly excruciating as there were SO many opinions that it took forever to get anything done'. Our source went on to say they would be 'amazed' if the collection is ready in time for Paris Fashion Week, 'and that's quite likely the reason it wasn't shown last week at New York Fashion Week after all'.
A well-placed individual has also told us that Kanye's line has taken years to materialize because the man is so indecisive. But his fastidiousness aside, all that really matters is what the garments look like. Will he go his idol Phoebe Philo's route at Céline and do something simple in the most perfect way? Or is the ornate jacket he's wearing in the above photo more of an indication of where his designer's compass lies?
‘Seemingly based on Samurai, with lots of sporty garments, but in luxury fabrics, with embellishment, embroidery — Japanese stuff — gold chainmail, that sort of sports-luxe thang, and unsurprisingly, lots of hoods, baseball/biker jacket shapes...
...It’ll be ‘all womenswear', and 'will be extraordinarily expensive; some of it is virtually unproduceable'.
Australian Harper's Bazaar's Christine Centenera is thought to be the line's muse as she is "hanging around so much." But it could also very well be Kanye, who has no qualms with wearing women's clothes himself.
Kanye West's Fashion Range! The FULL low-down! [Grazia UK]