Kanye West has big plans for the fashion industry. He got an Adidas deal that will have him designing his own collection (rumored to be named Yeezi). But it was A.P.C.’s founder Jean Touitou who first gave Kanye a chance to design a legitimate menswear collection. In January, the second A.P.C. Kanye capsule was unveiled and tomorrow, that collection of denim, pants, shirts, sweaters, coats, and even accessories is set to drop at A.P.C. retailers and online. Everyone loves to trash this guy and lord knows that people have loads of help “designing” their collections but like the Olsen Twins (they had to be called that, but too bad!) he’s getting some legit respect from the industry. And the stuff is NOT cheap but the last collection sold out FAST. There’s no reason to think this one won’t either. I like to give credit where credit is due (considering how much Kimye bashing there is, balance is necessary.) But having said that, feel free to hate these clothes, if you like.
And then there’s the accompanying interview, which is all over the map. Here’s an excerpt;
When you said what you said last year about the fashion industry and your frustration with it, did your phone ring after that?
“It did move the needle. Only positive came from it. Maybe I’m not as good friends as I could have been with the Saint Laurent designer. And now I don’t get the red-and-black versions of the white-and-black pants that are in stores, or whatever I would have got as a musician. But other than that, that communication was real. Alexander Wang made sure that I was able to go to a Balenciaga show, and I was never allowed to do that before because I was a celebrity. Listen to what I’m saying—me, as Kanye West: I guarantee you, I’m more than 50 percent responsible for every men’s shoe that they sell. Me, the singular person. More than 50 percent responsible for every Balenciaga shoe they sell. And they would say, ‘You can’t come to the show, because you are a celebrity.’ But all honesty, no ego, I have a level of influence, and I have a level of respect for the designers. And we move product on that Barneys floor.”
To read the whole thing (be warned, the hating might start all over again) you can go here.