Just when we thought Paris Fashion Week was over, Kanye West decided to add the last-minute show to the calendar and what followed was more of an introduction to a chilling cult than a fashion show. The experience began with a typical Western six-minute speech: “You can’t manage me. This is an uncontrollable situation,” he said, adding, “I want to make it clear to you that Bernard Arnault is my new Drake,” implying that he is putting himself at odds with Arnault, CEO of LVMH. West also ran a video of celebrities, including scientists and John Lennon, talking about creation and the current state of the world. Western opinion on the world situation? “We’re at war.”
But the provocation doesn’t end there. The designer donned a black hoodie with “White Lives Matter” taped to the back and sent black models down the runway with the same tagline. The phrase originated in 2015 as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, classified by the Anti-Defamation League as a “hate slogan” and has been used by white extremist groups including Ku Klux Klan.
“I can’t believe what I’m seeing and I can’t believe other people don’t seem to be angry,” said writer and editor Lynette Nylander, who walked out of the show because of malicious comments. “There are only so many layers.” Nylander notes that West uses the Black community as a source for his jokes, the very community whose dollars and support have put him in the position he is today. Rajni Jacques, Snapchat’s global head of fashion and beauty, posted on her Story, “Kanye West has no respect for the Black community in terms of influence.”
This is not the first time rapper and designer YZY has made harmful and dangerous comments about the Black community. He stated in 2018 that 400 years of slavery was “a choice.” (West, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016, apologized on radio station 107.5 WGCI-FM in Chicago.) Unfortunately, his damaging claims continued. .
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This performance took place not far from the Arc de Triomphe, a secret location revealed to guests at noon on the day of the show. Attendees included designers like Demna of Balenciaga and Shayne Oliver, who helped with the collection. The three-story venue is a circular space that forces guests to stand on the railing to hear West speak on the bottom floor, where he stands in the center. When it’s time for the models to walk, t-shirts aren’t the only outfit on the catwalk; West showed off – surprisingly – bodycon and zipperless jackets in a more neutral tone with bubble-like silhouettes, the signature style of past YZY collections. The fashion show lasted about 20 minutes because the models had to walk three floors, and Naomi Campbell was closed.
To add insult to injury, West had a children’s choir made up of kids from Ye Academy sing songs as the models started walking down the runway.
Will he ever stop making these kinds of comments towards the Black community? Observing anyone experiencing mental illness is complicated and it is only getting more difficult.
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