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.
March 07 2012 12:41 PM EST
February 05 2015 9:27 PM EST
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."