With Paris Fashion Week just days away, we had almost forgotten that Kanye West would be showing his second ready to wear collection in the French capital next Tuesday. The hip-hop star turned fashion designer received a fairly mixed reception for his Spring Summer 2012 offering, a mixture of catty tweets from fashion Eds, with others like Anna Dello Russo championing him by wearing a full Kanye West look shortly after the show.
So we were surprised to see Mr. West’s name crop up during London Fashion Week. It seems that Kanye, not satisfied with creating his own line, fancied collaborating with cool Aussie label Dion Lee to create the footwear for the designer’s first ever London presentation. Dion and Kanye have apparently been friends for some time, and met through Kanye’s stylist, Christine Centenera.
Kanye helped out with designing the Autumn Winter 2012 footwear, which displayed a ladylike and more grown-up look that's a definite departure from the sports-luxe urban feel of the rapper's own Spring Summer 2012 collection. Kanye’s previous footwear was strappy and even a little furry (yes, even though it was SS!), so we reckon KW has had his head down and been doing some fashion homework, don’t you?
The catwalk shoes were more commercial than we would have expected - black pointed heels, with dainty cuffs and bow ties on the ankles. We’re pretty impressed! So well done Kanye and Dion. Now we're really excited to see next week’s collection...