Better doesn't always mean stronger, and that is evident in Kanye West's sophomore collection. After a bad start last runway season, Mr. West took the stage once again in Paris and presented a collection that is inarguably better than his premiere effort. But other than gaining points for improvement the artist has yet to match his skills as a rapper.
West may believe the media was unfair with their reviews last season, but he noticeable listened to their criticism; the falling-off-the-models fit was greatly resolved and this collection was more cohesive. Displaying new editing skills, the collection was cut down to a manageable 20 looks, which led to it being more concentrated. The mood of the show was a dark one; models walked down a smoky runway in chiefly black looks made of leather, reptilian skins, and furs. Accessories included crocodile chokers, large fur and leather back packs, and mesh or knee-high strappy heels.
With a star-filled front row -Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Azzedine Alaia, Giuseppe Zanotti, Ricardo Tisci, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Common, Azealia Banks, Sean Combs, Big Sean, Sky Ferreira, Cassie, and Kim Kardashian- and go-karts racing around the runway before and after the show, Mr. West failed to save the drama and attention for the clothing, but the distractions helped -the whizzing go-carts made Ms. Wintour smile.
He is getting better and that is what counts, right?
- Damoy McKenzie