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Every fashion week season, we avidly watch New York Times fashion writer Eric Wilson's show coverage—which, over four weeks, subtly shifts in tone from cheerful optimism at New York fashion week to hilarious deadpan tell-it-like-it-is-ism by the end of the Paris show schedule. In today's Style section, Wilson takes on Kanye West's debut womenswear collection. With relish. Here are some of our favorite parts of Wilson's story.
On Kanye West's problems:
...[West] said he had taken out loans to hire the best models, designers and location.
"I gave you everything that I had," he said, one of his few printable remarks.
If that is true, Mr. West faces bigger obstacles in life than credit-card debt.
Really, but Kanye meant for the clothes to be ill-fitting:
Mr. West complained rather bitterly to those assembled that he meant for those sausage-casing dresses, the sagging trousers and the swimming jackets dripping with sparkles and strips of fuzzy bits to fit the way that they did, though everyone else seemed to read them as a failure in tailoring.
How Kanye used an unsuspecting Joe Zee as a pawn in his public self-defense:
At the Céline show, he engaged Joe Zee, the creative director of Elle, in a lengthy dialogue, loud enough for everyone around them to hear, in which he noted, as one example, that he did not very much appreciate the criticism of his decision to show fur for summer.
"All I said was congratulations," Mr. Zee said afterward. "I wasn’t even there."
Calling Kanye out for showing baloney:
... he demonstrated very little understanding of how he might actually be perceived by retailers and editors who have a vast amount of experience at detecting utter nonsense.
We love what happened when Wilson asked Anna Wintour what she thought of Kanye's show:
Anna Wintour said, "Ask someone else."
Explaining why anyone even bothered to show up at the show:
...the fact that he is a celebrity is the reason that so many high-level people are even paying attention to him.
The hilarious description of the front row—and how Lindsay Lohan almost single-handedly destroyed a luxury fashion house:
Here, the Olsen twins were seated in the same row as Lindsay Lohan, and that was disturbing. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, through their Elizabeth and James and The Row collections, have established themselves as credible designers without making spectacles of themselves.
At the other extreme, Ms. Lohan almost single-handedly destroyed a French ready-to-wear label during a single season, as artistic adviser to Emanuel Ungaro two years ago. You wonder if Mr. West knows the difference.
Oh, Eric Wilson, we can hardly wait for February 2012. Hope you get some time off to recuperate after these crazy last four weeks.
· Kanye West, Designer (Yawn) [NY Times]
· Bad things that happened this weekend: Kanye West's show [Racked]