05 January 2012

Kanye West's Twitter tirade

Lots of us had a bad night sleep last night as the UK was battered with gale force winds, but I bet none of us used that time as productively as Kanye West. The designer/singer took to Twitter to set some records straight and tell us ALL about his plans for the future. But let’s first recap on last year to put this all in context. Rumours hit early last year that Kanye was planning to launch a ready-to-wear collection, showcasing at Paris Fashion Week. Apparently he had enlisted the help of Central Saint Martins’ Louise Wilson and designers Louise Goldin and Katie Eary, was pumping his own money into it, and was working out of a London design studio. As it turned out, all of that was true (apart from maybe the Louise Wilson bit), but his collection was ridiculed by international press – one of which described it as, ‘It was the equivalent of Karl Lagerfeld launching a hip-hop career: i.e. absurd.’

No-one knew if Kanye’s ego could take such a beating, but judging by the Twirade, it can take that and more…

Between 7.30pm and 6.30am last night/this morning, Kanye tweeted like a madman (read it all below, it’s really like a madman), announcing early that ‘I appreciate everyone's support for my clothing line but I wanted to clarify a few things...’ What kind of things? Well, if you don’t have the time, to read the 2,500+ word testimonial below (but we urge you to try – start at the bottom and work your way up), here is a bullet point summary…

  • Everytime he designs he feels like he’s starting a second life

  • The DW twitter account – dedicated to his label – is a fake

  • Moved to Japan for a month and designed every night in his room

  • Was offered a position at Versace but had to turn it down due to Louis Vuitton contract

  • Interned secretly at Fendi for four months (please say it was in disguise)

  • He snuck into the Giuseppe Zanotti factory for two years (upgrade security) to learn how to make shoes

  • His mum taught him everything he knows about clothes and she used to wear jeans, fur coats and Cosby Show jumpers

  • He opened Paris studio early last year near Colette, but he didn’t understand what anyone was saying

  • He’s setting up a design collective

  • It’s called DONDA (after his mum)

  • He basically wants to put creative in a room ‘with like minds that are all waaaay doper than me.’

  • He wants to restructure the education system

  • He hasn’t bought an new car OR a piece of jewellery in two years – ‘I invest every dime back into creativity’

Etc etc. Personally we would like to see Kanye fulfil his fashion dreams, although maybe not on the Paris catwalks just yet.

Kanye's tweets in full:

6.25 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
...But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." - George Bernard Shaw

6:23 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. ....

6:23 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I just wanted to share what's been on my mind...

6:22 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
If anyone would like to reach out email us at contactDONDA@gmail.com

6:16 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
We need scientist and top world designers to directly affect governments.

6:11 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
There are so many broken systems from the economy to school systems jail systems... we need experts for this...

6:07 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
My area of expertise is in music, my passion is in music design film and products... my strength is connectivity...

6:05 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I invest every dime back into creativity... hiring amazing creatives paying for flights, offices ... etc...

6:03 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I know this is not a very rapper thing to say but I haven't bought a new car or piece of jewelry in about 2 years...

6:02 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I sit everyday and ask what can I do to make a difference...

6:01 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
The adrenaline is running... I don't know if I can even get to sleep now... From Wall street to the London riots to Chicago murders...

6:00 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
When me and Jay toured... ever night I peered into the audience astonished by the different walks of life that came to support us.

5:58 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
We need to take what Michael Jackson felt and Mcqueen and Steve Jobs and we need make things better...

5:52 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
excuse me... I just get excited at the possibilities... the more excited I get... the more grammatical errors you'll see...

5:50 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
...surroundings are? I meant to say their...

5:46 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Some kids have better memories than others... what about emotional IQs... what about kids who do bad in school because of how bad there..

5:45 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
like the real WORLD!!! Give kids the amount of test they would have in a year in one day but they have to get everything perfect...

5:44 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Instead of kicking kids out of schools for using there iPhones... why not promote it? Allow kids to use search engines to do test...

5:41 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
UNLESS YOU'RE A MATH MAJOR!!!! Kids you should be able to take majors starting in grammar school like how it is at performing art schools

5:40 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Math classes should teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, accounting and money management aaaaaand cut!!! ....

5:39 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Spike Jonze and I want to do a Summer school that tries new forms of cuuriculim

5:38 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Schools should be designed to prep human beings for real life.

5:37 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Help education. School systems were designed to turn people into factory workers.

5:37 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
When I said wealthy I wanted to point out there are so many billionaires in the world that can come together and help to redesign it

5:36 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
We can collectively effect the world trough design. We need to pick up where steve jobs left off

5:32 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
We need as many amazing powerful smart talented wealthy people to be involved... Come get on board... don't just sit there... reach out

5:30 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I wanted to put this in the world in hopes that the people who can actually make a difference will stand up and reach out

5:29 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
We're taking everything 10 steps at a time LOL!

5:28 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
We would also like' to design the MTV awards

5:27 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
This one of our projects to be released this year called 2016 OLYMPIC's ... It's a semi sic-fi since 2016 is only 4 years away : )

5:21 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
The Watch the Throne tour was a small example of what a Donda Experience can be...

5:18 am in London... My dreams keep me woke

5:19 AM - 5 Jan 12 via
My mom was an English teacher so I know she sends an SMDH from heaven : )

5:18 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Sometimes my grammar is wrong but my thinking is right : )

5:17 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
It's something about coming from music that makes me so optimistic... Music travels and is not limited to only the wealthy.

5:16 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I care about people who have never heard of me... There are over 7 billion people on the planet now...

5:15 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
This will all take time but I wanted everyones to know what I really care about... I care about people. I care about my fans..

5:15 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
DONDA

5:12 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
...To dream of, create, advertise and produce products driven equally by emotional want and utilitarian need.. To marry our wants and needs.

5:12 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
We want to help simplify and aesthetically improve everything we see hear, touch, taste and feel.

5:11 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I want to put creatives in a room together with like minds that are all waaaay doper than me

5:10 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford...

5:09 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
doctors, scientist,teachers...

5:06 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist ...

5:05 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I am assembling a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts...

5:03 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Dr Dre redesigned headphones and made more impact off of one product.

5:00 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I used to blog all the time an fit was a way to get my opinion out...

5:00 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there dreams and ideas...

4:59 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
The name of the company is DONDA

4:53 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I have started a new company and I'm so excited about the name.... it's got the best name ever of all companies of all time!!!....

4:51 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
What good is fame and prestige if you can't use it to help people... I want to help by doing what I know how to do best .. create

4:47 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
This is just a train of thought .. but figure it's better to read than trained thoughts

4:46 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
....hmmmmm what to wear... here I go again... Yeezy the trend setter or complete fucking fashion victim ... the verdict is still out

4:43 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I wouldn't have the prestige I have if it wasn't partially for the Grammies validation and I honor that

4:42 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Good logic tells me smile Kanye... the world likes you again... red or blue pill? ... aaaaand Swallow lol

4:41 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
...illogical

4:38 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I appreciate having the most nominations at the Grammies but I feel so conflicted by the fact that award shows sometimes are completely...

4:38 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Or Coachella or Glow in the Dark or Runaway.. you know I have real ideas...

4:37 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
This just happened a few hours ago. I was very insulted of course becuase for anyone that's seen the Watch the Throne Tour...

4:37 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I was just discussing becoming the creative director for the Jetson movie and someone on the call yelled out.. you should do a Jetsons tour!

4:35 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Being a celebrity has afforded me many opportunities but has also boxed me in creatively.

4:35 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
... the teachers said I couldn't focus... I used to get kicked out of class for bringing dirty mags and drawing Nikeys in 4th grade

4:31 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
My Mom would wear blue jeans with a fur and an embellished "Cosby Show" sweater : ) to pick me up from school

4:26 AM - 5 Jan 12 via
I knew about my woman's clothing was what my Mom would wear. I guess some critics would joke that I still don't know anything LOL

4:24 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
It's something about making clothing that always brings me back to that point. For the first 16 or 17 years of my life the only thing...

4:24 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
She said I would always point to the most expensive furs even as a child LOL

4:23 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I remember being 5 years old picking and my mother taking me with her shopping at the discount fur spots

4:22 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
This was the greatest feeling to stand in his presence in my embarrassingly small Paris studio in a courtyard opposite Collate

4:21 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
In Paris I met many great people in design including the master Azzedine Alaia... Azzedine even came by my studio one day : )))

4:20 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
... it was because of the VAT.

4:19 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I still don't have a Paris VAT number to this day... I don't know what a VAT but every time I asked why we didn't have fabrics they said...

4:18 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
Early 2011 ... I moved to Paris and opened a small design studio... the language barrier was quite difficult...

4:18 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I designed a sneaker called the YEEZY with Nike. I'm "allowed" to design 1 pair of sneakers every 2 years. I have more ideas...

4:16 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
After doing the first LV collection I was sure I would get a second shot to create but was never given the opportunity

4:15 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I snuck to Giuseppe Zanotti Factory still under contract and learned to design woman's shoes for 2 years before my first show in Paris

4:15 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I moved to Rome after I left Japan and worked at Fendi for 4 months under cover ... I was there to give ideas for the men's collection

4:13 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
...offered a position to at Versace wich I could not take due to my contract with LV which was for 2 years...

4:12 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I moved to Japan for one month after that and designed every night in my room... I had this opportunity to intern at Fendi and was also..

4:11 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
To having an office in LA that was shut down after the "MTV" moment along with my tour with GAGA

4:08 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
To begging Bape to do my line and never making any real headway...

4:00 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I've been working at this for 8 years now ...from the first offers to do urban clothing lines that I turned down...

4:00 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I did the first fashion show out of my own pocket and used the money I made touring to follow my passion.

3:57 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
You guys might think I have some type of backing for my line but I don't.

3:56 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
They so you only live once but every time I come to work I feel like I'm starting a second life.

3:24 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
I love being back at my fashion office learning and creating. It's so challenging and fun and I'm surrounded by amazing people.

3:23 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web
More clarity... I have no agency representing me currently... William Morris was fired after Cara lewis quit. I love Cara Lewis : )

1:31 AM - 5 Jan 12 via web 
 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo Da Vinci

11:30 PM - 4 Jan 12 via web
I really appreciate the fake DW twitter page but since it's not official I can't co sign any information on it.

7:31 PM - 4 Jan 12 via web
The name of the line is Kanye West not DW... The Dw was a design element placed on the invite in homage to my mom : )

7:30 PM - 4 Jan 12 via web
I appreciate everyone's support for my clothing line but I wanted to clarify a few things...

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