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Kanye West's fashion show for Adidas is definitely the show that keeps on giving. In an expansive interview with Style.com, West got candid about everything from his influences, to picking out Kim's wardrobe, to his views about democratizing fashion. Turns out he's definitely into H&M, Zara, and Gap. He also confirmed that all 9,000 pairs of his Adidas sneakers sold out in 10 minutes. Here are some of the best Kanye quotes from the must-read Style.com piece:
· On his influences: "You guys know my fucking influences. I've got four influences and it’s written all over the face, you know the combination. Just as much as Drake is influenced by Kanye West, you know my fucking influences. You see Raf Simons right there, you see Helmut, you see Margiela, you see Vanessa [Beecroft], you see Katharine Hamnett. It’s blatantly right there. I’m not going to try and act like I was influenced by a fucking dog walking down the street that broke its ankle that I had a heartfelt discussion with. I had a heartfelt discussion with all of these fucking Helmut Lang images that I stared at for so many years. I had a heartfelt discussion with my Tumblr."
· On the long wait for the show: "So I apologize for the wait, to the people that had to actually wait at the New York fashion show. I apologize to the kids that had to wait in the 42 theaters where we streamed the show across the globe, I apologize to them for the wait. Let me just explain something to everyone. I’m sorry. I’m a human being."
· On how much the Adidas clothes will be: "Not as cheap as I would like it to be. We’re working on the prices now, I don’t have the exact prices. But what I will tell you is that we’ll eventually get them super-inexpensive. And it will be all about everyone having them."
· On feminism: "And how do you present that in a way that’s sexy and still dignified. And that’s part of the reason why I work with really strong women, like Vanessa [Beecroft, the artist who staged the Adidas show], that will not allow a woman to even be halfway disrespected. It’s such a far cry from what you would traditionally hear and see in rap. It was a complete new education."
· Thoughts on Zara and H&M: "The least I could do is spend my time trying to give other people a piece of the so-called good life. Everyone should have the good life. It’s like [Amancio] Ortega [founder of Zara] and H&M group. Before that happened, you could tell who came from money, who didn’t, who had a bigger paycheck, who didn’t. It was about separation and I think high fashion is about elitism and separation, and I am completely opposed to that …"
· And the Gap: "One of my dreams was to be the head creative director of the Gap. I’d like to be the Steve Jobs of the Gap."
· On the A.P.C. x Timberlands controversy: "Racism is a distraction to humanity. Jean Touitou is one of the most humane people I know. Jean Touitou had my family have dinner with him every time we came to Paris. And there are a lot of people who own fashion companies who didn’t."
· On dressing Kim Kardashian: "She was always my muse, now she’s become other designers’ muses. Or designers’ muses, because like I said, I don’t want to disrespect designers by calling myself a designer, I just think I have a vision of something that I want to do...The so-called traction that I was getting in the high-fashion world was completely thrown out the window and I was finally allowed to go to school, where every day I was in my mom [Kris Jenner]’s house, in my little brother’s old room, Rob’s old room, re-tailoring a Céline skirt, re-tailoring a Saint Laurent jacket, re-tailoring a Zara top, re-tailoring Wolford … And day by day by day, [Kim and I] learned, we got better. We looked at the photographs together and she improved my style, we improved each other."
· On Kim's Grammy look:"I’m biased, but I think the best red-carpet look of all time—if not, one of the top five—was my wife’s look at the Grammys."
· On words to live by: "I dislike the concept of chic being the highest compliment for a human being. I’d rather someone be nice than to be chic."