My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fashion Sense
Figuring out what the fuck Kanye West is doing with his clothes
Bigoa Machar, Arts Editor
Prior to the beginning of 2016, GQ named rapper Kanye West as the most stylish man alive, beating out other men like Ryan Gosling, LeBron James and David Beckham. While this may come as a surprise to the majority of people, Mr. West has been a mogul in the street fashion game for quite some time, most notably for his footwear collaboration with Adidas.
Last year, Kanye unveiled Yeezy Season 2 at New York Fashion week, which generated as much hype as it did confusion. Many were quick to point out how the clothing line looked like something that came straight off the set of a Star Wars film, with many of the pieces adapting a baggier look and using as many shades of brown and grey as one could imagine. Without context, the clothes look like they’ve been used on practice dummies for police dogs, sporting pre-ripped holes in random places. I know buying pre-ripped jeans is something that’s usually joked about, but this is just ridiculous. Unless I’m being ignorant to the ways of Yeezy, I’m not really sure what said holes are supposed to be for, let alone why they look good. It’s kind of ironic really. Sweaters are supposed to be worn to keep warm, but the holes kind of defeat the purpose.
In addition to all this, there was another factor that caused people to poke fun at the clothing line: the price tags. In regards to menswear, some of Kanye’s oversized crew neck sweaters, a staple in the Yeezy Season 2 collection, retailing for $3,423 Canadian on farfetch.com. Other pieces of clothing can cost upwards of $5,000 plus. Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate good fashion as much as the next guy, but this is pretty ridiculous. If a sweater costs as much as my tuition, it better have a television screen on the front like the Teletubbies did back in the day.
Most recently, more controversy has arisen from Kanye’s latest instalment in the franchise: the Yeezy Boost 350 sneaker. For only $1,207, you can wear the glorious sneakers designed by West himself. While they’re sold out mostly everywhere, kind resellers on eBay and Amazon are selling them for almost triple the aforementioned price.