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10 Fashion Lessons We Can Learn from Kanye West


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Don't Assume You Can Go from Rapper to Fashion Designer Overnight
Kanye West acknowledges the audience after the Kanye West Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week.
Kanye West acknowledges the audience after the Kanye West Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week.
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Long before there was Dw by Kanye West, there was Pastelle by Kanye West...or, at least, there almost was. Kanye's much-anticipated Pastelle line was set to debut in 2009, but its launch was repeatedly delayed and ultimately canceled before it ever hit stores or even runways. Kanye himself offered a sneak preview of the line by wearing his collegiate-inspired Pastelle jackets to award shows and other public appearances, but just one day after the Pastelle "look book" was leaked on the Web, representatives for West announced that the line would never be released.

In the two years between the demise of Pastelle and the debut of Dw, Kanye interned at Fendi and sought the help of British fashion designers Katie Eary and Louise Goldin, as well as shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti, yet his fall 2011 show was roundly criticized for everything from poor tailoring to uninspired designs.

Kanye seemed to anticipate the negative response from critics after his fall 2011 show, asking the fashion world to give him a chance to grow. At Paris Fashion Week in the spring of 2012, he still appeared apprehensive about the fashion world's reaction to his new line: According to the New York Daily News, he banned critics from previewing the collection in his showroom before it hit the runway. Despite his strained relationship with the fashion press, critics generally spoke more favorably of his second show than his first, so maybe Kanye's third time out will prove to be the charm.

While some reviewers found the Dw collections lacking in originality, many critics agreed that both shows went way overboard on another element. What was it? Read on to find out!


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