Kanye West is a creative force with multiple outlets at his disposal, but sometimes the art he creates takes a little bit longer for the masses to understand. He shares this sentiment in an interview with Vanity Fair, which occurred the day after his last New York Fashion Week show. It’s been critiqued by fans as apocalypse chic and named “slave gear” by Ice-T. However, Kanye says he’s going for more of a “zen” look and feel to his collection, because that’s how everyone is dressing nowadays.
“I think people just wear yoga pants and sweatshirts, and I wanted to make the most beautiful version of that possible,” he told VF. ‘Ye also talked about how this year’s show was so similar to the one he held last February. He said that he’s not interested in sending a message with his collection; it’s really about the feel of it:
“I’m not trying to particularly give a design opinion. I have friends who are designers who are so amazingly prolific that if I was even to try to step into that territory, I’d be completely crushed. But there’s something about the way clothes fit and feel and the emotion that they give you and the details of them that I’ve been passionate about and addicted to since I was five years old.”
The Yeezus rapper, who’s never been too shy to speak his mind, admits that the fashion world is still unfamiliar.:
“My toe is barely in the door, my foot is barely on the gas, I’ve got to press down harder. The most successful thing about the second season was just doing the second season,” he admitted.
“It’s like if you’re swimming through the ocean for 10 years, 12 years, 13 years of your life, and now with this collection, I feel like I see sand. I can see the beach. That’s just inspiring. At a certain point if you’re swimming so long and you just can’t see any return on the amount of work that you put into it, it makes you want to give up. It makes you want to question yourself, and I question myself all the time. I’ll see like the new Gucci collection or stuff or Vetements or Givenchy and I’ll be like, Man, what the fuck? This is so past anything . . .”
Oh, and about him running for president in 2020? He’s serious about that, and he’s glad everyone else seems to be taking him seriously as well.
“And then as soon as I said [I was going to run], it was like, ‘Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he’s extremely thoughtful. Every time he’s ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He’s probably the most honest celebrity that we have.’ I didn’t approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn’t like, Oh, let’s go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do.”
As Kanye does, the interview is chock full of quotables. Read the entire thing here.
SOURCE: Vanity Fair | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty