While fashion editors still have a number of reasons to be excited about Paris Fashion Week this season – from Raf Simons' first ready to wear collection for Christian Dior and Hedi Slimane’s debut at Saint Laurent – one less show will be appearing on the schedule: Kanye West is giving the French fashion capital a miss.
Fashion critics were not overly kind about his first two attempts, although if column inches and publicity count for anything, it was a roaring success. WWD reports that despite the hype, none of his garments were ordered by buyers, and only one pair of shoes – which were a collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti – were stocked in the definitive Paris boutique, Colette. Kanye’s representatives would not comment on whether the line is to be discontinued altogether, only to confirm there will be no show this season.
However, as one door closes, another one opens and it seems that since finding true love, he has a new outlet for his fashion creativity – styling up Kim Kardashian. Good to know his skills as a fashionista are still in demand.