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As we all know by now, what started out as a rumor has become a full-fledged reality: Kanye West will be debuting his first-ever womenswear collection at New York Fashion Week. He's enlisted the help of knitwear extraordinaire and Central Saint Martins MA graduate Louise Goldin, and has even had some advisement from CSM Professor Louise Wilson—so he has help. (We also have this rumor now, which would put Raf Simons into the picture.) But what might the collection look like if he did it totally on his own? After picking up some clues from past notorious outfits, we've compiled a list of ten guesses at what 'Ye might put down a runway.
1. A "Hey, Maybe I Should Try Colorblocking?" Collection (above):
Colorblocking is really big for fall, and if anyone knows that, it's Kanye West. So maybe he'll give it a go for spring. He did a pretty good job paring this bright yellow cardigan with a teal T-shirt, after all. Not quite complimentary colors, but almost!
At the 2004 BET Awards
2. A (Jesus) Statement Necklace Collection:
Will Yeezy be delving into accessories? If so, they'll probably look like these binary Jesus chunks he wore back in 2004.
At the 2006 Grammys
3. A Pimpish Collection:
...Or maybe it'll be as far away from church clothes as possible. What you're not seeing in this photo is that his pants are flared, and he's definitely wearing white shoes. We don't doubt that he can translate some of that '70s pizaz into a womenswear collection, and the ladies behind him, with their gold dangly belts and belly-button piercings, could model it.
At Coachella in 2011
4. A Celine Collection:
Kanye loves Celine. So much so that he wears it even though Celine doesn't do men's ready-to-wear. Will he try to replicate this blousy shirt that he wore at Coachella? If so, he'll probably instruct his models to wear it sans another shirt underneath, like he's doing here.
At the 2008 Grammys
5. An All of the Lights Collection:
What we wouldn't give for this whole collection to be glow in the dark.
At the 2008 American Music Awards
6. A Cosby Sweater Collection:
What is even going on here? The grainy photo quality of the background and all of the coloring feel straight out of Family Matters. Who knows: Maybe in September we''ll be taking a trip back in time with Kanye to the sitcom-sweater days of yore. (Also, is that an animal tail connected to his belt?)
At the 2010 MTV Awards
7. An All-Red-Everything Collection:
Red pants, red jackets, red shoes, red shoes with red bottoms. And black T-shirts, to break it up a little.
At Vivienne Westwood, 2011/12 Paris Fashion Week
8. A Very Feminine Jacket Collection:
It's clear that Kanye understands just how big animal prints were this season, and he also seems to be wearing a women's jacket here (or a very fitted, delicate men's one), so perhaps we'll see something like this on actual women.
At the 2010 MTV Awards
A Leather Shirt An Amber Rose Bodysuit Collection:
It's hard to ignore that leather button-down shirt he's wearing, but try, and let's focus on the real beauty of this photo: Amber Rose. Here's to hoping that Kanye decides to honor his former flame with a line full of skin-hugging, faux animal skin bodysuits.
At the 2009 Grammys
10. A GLITTER!! Collection:
Estelle doesn't look like she can really handle all of the shine he's bring to the table, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't make his collection sparkle. Make it rain with sequins, 'Ye.
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