Kanye West was the surprise FROWer at London Fashion Week, and many a fashion editor tried to get him to talk about the event that has the entire industry a-buzz - the ready-to-wear show for his rumoured fashion collection, which is allegedly now on the schedule for Paris Fashion Week. But Kanye, as the man himself solemnly told us 'doesn't do interviews'.
Well, Grazia Daily was still burning with curiosity. And our curiosity led us to a certain fashion insider who has worked, alongside others, on Kanye's collection, right here in our glorious fashion capital.
Our source, who requested anonymity, in order to avoid being battered to death with a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, gave us the full, unedited low-down, explaining that the collection was put together in Turnmills, an enormous now-defunct nightclub in London, by a crack team of Central Saint Martin’s fashion graduates under the direction of designers Louise Goldin, and Dean Quinn (both ex-CSM students themselves), and with the likely consultation of Louise Wilson, head of MA Fashion at Central Saint Martin's.
Our insider told us;
‘Kanye was in fairly often; for all the fittings. [He] was very nice and polite and talked knowledgably about shape etc., but was prone to changing his mind a lot - in fact the whole process was slightly excruciating as there were SO many opinions that it took forever to get anything done'. Our source went on to say they would be 'amazed' if the collection is ready in time for Paris Fashion Week, 'and that's quite likely the reason it wasn't shown last week at New York Fashion Week after all'.
Wow! That sounds crazy! Who else was involved in the decision making process?
‘Christine Centenera [of Harper's Bazaar Australia] was around a fair bit too when Kanye was...[which was] ANOTHER opinion’ to take on board. Due to the aforementioned mind-changing, our insider tentatively described the theme of the collection as being;
‘Seemingly based on Samurai, with lots of sporty garments, but in luxury fabrics, with embellishment, embroidery - Japanese stuff - gold chainmail, that sort of sports-luxe thang, and unsurprisingly, lots of hoods, baseball/biker jacket shapes...'
Does Kanye have a muse? 'I guess Christine Centenera MIGHT be the muse, as she was hanging around so much’.
It’ll be ‘all womenswear', and 'will be extraordinarily expensive; some of it is virtually unproduceable'.
Our source believes that neither Anna Wintour or Karl Lagerfeld had any input, despite both having been rumoured to be involved.
This is priceless! What else? What else?
Kanye had many specific inspirations: ’He spent a fortune on designer clothes and retro stuff that he brought into the studio - Balenciaga, [Azzedine] Alaia etc'.
His colours included; ‘lots of ivory and gold, although the colours kept changing - probably peach too.'
Oh my. What on EARTH will it look like? We simply can’t wait for this!