“There’s No One That’s Not Welcome”: Kanye West on YZY, Paris and His Three Phases in Style

“There’s No One That’s Not Welcome”: Kanye West on YZY, Paris and His Three Phases in Style

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Tonight at a Parisian location that will be irresponsible to share, Kanye West — or Ye, as he now prefers — will current his eleventh trend present, an occasion that got here collectively away from the official Paris Style Week calendar. It is going to be his ninth assortment for Yeezy (which, as of now, is formally named YZY) and his fourth-ever present in Paris.

Seven of the eight earlier YZY exhibits had been in New York. Why Paris now? “Paris is the excessive cathedral of trend. If I’m doing music, rap music, I’m going to place my hoodie on, and get an Uber, and go over to Future’s home. Day after day. And if we’re engaged on garments? Paris.”

He held two pre-YZY exhibits in Paris beneath his personal identify in 2011 and 2012. His most up-to-date present right here (as a designer, not visitor or mannequin) was instantly earlier than the pandemic on the entrance of 2020.

We meet on Sunday, the evening earlier than the present, at his venue. Ye grabs a bowl of salmon salad from the buffet and leads me, alongside together with his daughter North and his just-appointed present PR rep Lucien Pagès, to a nook away from the targeted uproar of preparation. It was a busy day for Ye. He opened Balenciaga for Demna, a designer he calls “the grasp cutter”, who, till very not too long ago, partnered with him on an ill-fated collaboration for Hole. Later, he sat at Givenchy to indicate assist for Matthew Williams, who labored in design on Pastelle (Ye’s first-ever label) and later served as artwork director at Donda, West’s artistic company.

Shortly earlier than 6pm, he returned to the present venue to check out a YZY assortment that he oversaw and was designed in session with Shayne Oliver. As I wait, I chat with Michèle Lamy and Christine Centenera, the stylist who has been the one fixed in any respect 11 Ye exhibits. “He’s constructing a world,” says Centenera as she nips out to get some flats for the lengthy evening forward.

Kanye West attends the 1017 ALYX 9SM Menswear SS19 present as a part of Paris Style Week. West pictured alongside Tremaine Emory of Supreme (left) and late designer Virgil Abloh (centre).

Picture: Laurent Viteur/Getty Pictures

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