Ready-to-Wear, or Not? Kanye West Debuts Second Collection in Paris

March 7, 2012  |  
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A Kanye West collection gets the people going! Last year, fashion insiders tore Kanye West’s first collection apart and had many wondering, “How could you be so heartless?”  From the looks of it, the controversial rapper-turned-designer kept that criticism in mind as he created a sophomore collection that is notably better and more concise than his first.

For autumn/winter 2012, West sticks with a neutral color palette  – including LOADS of black – and impresses us with tailored leather separates, trendy velvet embellishments, and reintroduced those adorable furry backpacks. Think: sleek dominatrix…meets Roman details…meets Hot Yeti. His actual point of view remains a mystery as he refuses to verbally define it. According to Eric Wilson, a writer for the New York Times, Mr. West proclaimed, “If they don’t understand it, they don’t understand it.” Rather than fault West for this approach, onlookers should appreciate that, like art, West leaves his designs open to interpretation.

Thanks to twitter, us mere mortals were able to take a virtual seat and join the likes of Diddy, Azealia Banks, and the infamous Anna Wintour as West’s vision unfolded on the runway. Missed the show via photos and 140-character quips? No problem. Click through our slideshow to view memorable looks and develop your own interpretations of the collection.

All black everything has never looked better! Skinny leather pants look as if they’re painted on. The cropped leather jacket is belted and trimmed in velvet, which sets it apart from the competition. And there’s that furry backpack! Aren’t you in love?


This look gives us yeti and squirrel simultaneously, but in a good way. The leather pencil skirt is updated with a slightly flared hemline. The choker necklace really stands out here and looks egyptian-inspired.

Here, we have a dress that’s sheer in all the right places paired with matching sheer booties. The dresses’ knee-length hem is embellished with plush, velvet spheres. Hot!

A tan cape dress with a deep-v holds on for dear life – literally – as the model glides down the runway. Who doesn’t love clothing that makes them feel like a super hero? Just invest is some strong double-stick tape.

A slouchy white sweater is a nice break from the abundance of black, tight leather looks. The asymmetrical skirt in what appears to be suede adds interest. Plus, a hat with a tail is just fun.

The backless detail of the leather jacket isn’t functional, but it sure is unique!

In addition to dry ice and an apparent go-cart race, a croc knapsack, gold clutch, and velcro-ish boots are amazing accessories! Remember those expensive shoes from his last collection?  Toss them in the mix and you can’t deny that West designs cool accessories. View the complete collection here.

What do you think of Kanye West’s latest collection? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Getty Images unless otherwise stated.

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