Kanye West debuted
his Adidas Originals collection last week in Manhattan, and the reviews
have been decidedly mixed. But the rapper-designer's harshest critic
could be New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis. "I'm kind of over
Kanye," she recently told Page Six.
"I mean, I'm not a fan of his music, and the attitude and the agenda is
not my style." Now West has responded to Mallis' criticisms via Twitter – using a zen-like tone.
"To Fern Mallis: I just want you to understand that attempting to do
clothing has been very difficult," West wrote. "And I have encountered
countless amounts of bigotry along the way. I have millions of ideas,
and I represent a new generation just trying to express themselves in a
"I don't call myself a designer as I was not allowed to go to Saint
Martins – because I was too famous by the time I realized I wanted to
design. Fame is often looked down upon in the design world, so it's
actually been something I had to overcome."
West ended the tweet spree with an adamant stance on pursuing his
passions, even extending an offer to chat with Mallis over drinks. "All
we have are our dreams, and you can step on our dreams and ideas all you
want, but we won’t stop fighting," he wrote. "We want to innovate, and
we will win some day. If you wanna have a drink with me, book a table at
[New York restaurant] Spotted Pig when I'm back in NY."
Earlier this week, West talked with Style.com about his lofty designer goals. "One
of my dreams was to be the head creative director of The Gap," he said.
"I'd like to be the Steve Jobs of The Gap." He also responded to some
of his negative reviews, comparing the critic-designer battle to a war
with tanks. "I don't read the reviews, because it's some kind of
backhanded compliment or something focusing on not the main point," he
said. "It was really difficult to do this. It would be difficult to make
a proposition this simple for any designer. So many people told me that
it had to have logos or it had to have this, but I fought for exactly
what I wanted in my closet."
In a revelatory new interview with hip-hop radio station Power 105,
West spoke about Adidas' limited-edition Yeezy Boost sneakers, which
are being resold online for over $1,500. The rapper said he's offended
by the "separatism" in modern fashion – and in society: "You want to be
upper class, you want to be first class, but when the plane crash,
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