Earlier this afternoon, Kanye issued unto us a two-word missive via Twitter:
please read http://t.co/iMQhPm3iRc
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2015
The rapper/designer sat down for a 4,800 word interview with Style.com, and read we did. It’s definitely not lacking his usual one-liner gems, but Kanye was also refreshingly frank about his influences, references and his talented team at Adidas. Whatever you thought of the collection, the entire interview is worth a read. We’ve picked out some of our favorite moments for the Cliffs Notes version below.
On the simplicity of his designs: “And then from my art background—from my heart background—I have a perspective on color that I’ve always wanted to get across… Even with the way we took Adidas socks and turned them into sports bras. It’s like, “What is almost like Alaïa that you can sweat in?” A sock! And it had to only be the sports bra because it looked really funny once [it] started going into the biking shorts. I tried that and that didn’t come out so well.”
On his relationship with the fashion industry once he started dating Kim Kardashian: “But soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars. And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me.”
On his critics: “So anyone that’s out there that gave me a bad review on my first collection and felt that that helped me do better now, fuck you. You didn’t help me. You just talked.” (more…)