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MAN OF THE WEEK: KANYE WEST
June 7, 2015
It was announced last week that Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, are expecting their second child together – however the big news was soon overshadowed later that same day by Kim’s former stepfather Bruce Jenner gracing the cover of Vanity Fair as Caitlyn, the Olympian’s new female moniker. Not Kaitlyn.
Later in the week, Kanye presented an award at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, so we figured it was the perfect opportunity – in the week of his 38th birthday – to pay homage to him and his inimitable style.
Kanye has been pushing the boundaries within the music industry for the past ten years, causing much controversy along the way. In more recent years however, his boundary pushing has turned to fashion. From his rant in 2013, in which he claimed to have “brought the leather jogging pant six years ago to Fendi, and they said no” to comparing himself to Jesus, he has certainly divided his critics. Despite all of this, his fighting talk seems to have finally started paying off.
Having previously collaborated with Nike and Louis Vuitton, who both appeared in the Top 100 most valuable brands list last week, he showcased his latest line in February of this year for Adidas and launched the next generation of the sold-out-everywhere Yeezy sneakers. In typical Kanye fashion it wasn’t to everyone’s taste, again splitting opinions, but it seemed that the people who matter most were on his side – including US Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, who sat front row with Kim and her daughter North.
Our previous Man of the Week, Olivier Rousteing is the creative director for one of Kanye’s favourite labels, Balmain, and it’s evident that Olivier and Kanye adopt a similar style. Kanye’s outfit for this year’s Met Gala says it all. There are also similarities with Harry Styles, our Man of the Week back in May; never did we think we’d say those names in the same sentence!
Though their sartorial ways may differ, the similarities are certainly there. Harry loves his skinny jeans, whereas Kanye opts for a looser fit – usually in leather – but they both share a love of Saint Laurent Chelsea boots, staple wardrobe pieces and a whole load of black.
Wearing monochrome can be easier said than done – many end up looking like piano keys – but Kanye seems to have got it down to a T. Keep it simple, and all the same colour except for one piece. Here, Kanye shows us how to look smart and infinitely cool, all at once.