Yesterday, the internet nearly broke when Kanye West met with one Donald J. Trump. It was a strange, upsetting betrayal and it seemed like everyone had something to say about it — including members of the fashion industry.
West has been vocal in both his desire to be a prominent designer and how he feels the fashion’s gatekeepers have kept him out because of both race and class. He’s made some salient points, and his arguments held water earlier in his fashion career. But in recent years, he’s become more of an industry darling than an outsider, even though most critics maintain that his Yeezy collections are both overpriced and, well, terrible. Major designers like Olivier Rousteing of Balmain and editors like Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld loooooove Kanye in spite of it, and it’s become rare to see major industry players criticize him. That is until yesterday!
Nicolas Ghesquière, the extraordinarily talented creative director of Louis Vuitton, does not seem to approve of Ye’s meeting with the president-elect. Yeah, the post isn’t exactly a scorching indictment, but it’s nice to know that people aren’t asleep at the wheel, especially fashion people. Kanye is super sensitive about working in fashion and he’s been craving the industry’s approval for years, much more so than music or tech or any other business he’s worked in. In regards to Ghesquière, remember this?
This may be a long shot, but judging by his desperate longing to be in fashion, it seems like designers might actually be the only people that could get through to Kanye. The comments section is also rife with prominent members of the industry taking him to task. Editor Laura Brown, who put Kimye on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, wrote, “Upsetting on all levels.”
We guess we can still pray that when Kanye inevitably performs at the inauguration, he’ll deliver some kind of genius insult rant that proves this was all a strategy. Or that Kim, who was publicly #WithHer, smacks some sense into him. But we're not holding our breath.
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