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

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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.

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