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Kanye West Has an "Awkward" Run-In with the 'New York Times'


Journalists get the runaround from the rapper-turned-designer before his sophomore effort.

Yesterday, musician Kanye West presented the second collection for his namesake label in Paris. Interest was high for two reasons--the first being that West is an international celebrity dabbling in new waters, and, secondly, his debut collection last year was almost universally panned by critics, especially those at the New York Times. Eric Wilson was on hand to describe what transpired when West decided to renege on a string of schechuled previews before the official fall 2012 show:

"'I don't know about this,' he said. 'I got treated unfairly by the press last time. Why would I want to do this?'
With respect, I responded, this was an opportunity to describe his point of view. Since no one seems to know how Mr. West plans to go about making clothes--and rumors about the involvement of college interns, an Australian magazine editor, a top stylist, an English designer and a respected design-school professor have all turned out to be either unfounded or a stretch--this was an opportunity to set the record straight.
Would he at least care to explain the ideas behind his collection?
He pondered for a moment.
'No,' he said. 'If they don't understand it, they don't understand it.'
Then, in a kindly way, he kicked me out."

Wow, even The Gray Lady gets thrown shade from Kamp Kanye. That's ballsy, for sure. But, because it's Kanye West we're talking about, you can expect that the proceedings were very well documented, despite last season's sub-par reception. A bevy of celebrities, including Azealia Banks, Common, Sean Combs, and Kim Kardashian, were in attendance. Criticism is tepid, but a little kinder this season. Where West and his dreams of design glory take him, though, remain a mystery.
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