Any fashion award ceremony who recognizes Kanye West as anything other than an example of a really annoying celebrity who should butt out of the fashion world has no credibility with me. Hence my loathing of the Accessories Council Excellence Awards, who awarded Kanye West the “stylemaker of the year.” My only explanation for this is that I’ve never heard of these awards before (come on, has anyone?) and they were desperate for attention, so they opted to give an award to a celebrity who is bound to blurt out something absolutely ridiculous and generate media coverage.
I am not going to even comment on why I think Kanye West should not be considered “stylemaker of the year,” as “style” should not induce nausea. But I will share this lovely quote from him (from The Cut)
“Why, if someone is good in one field, can they not be accepted or given the slightest opportunity to express and be creative in other fields? I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton, but the thing that broke my heart most was when they said, ‘You’re finished. The shoe’s finished.’ When it was ready it was like the dream of putting together the fabric and having the energy that I knew of being a street kid, of being a boy out of Chicago, and enjoying every day and the way I can connect with this. It’s like, you can’t play the video game anymore. What compromises do we have to make? How many compromises do we have to make every day in this field just to keep things going? Just to be able to sell a product?”
Kanye, here’s a couple of reasons why Louis Vuitton didn’t continue to work with you:
- Your shoe collection was ugly
- You are a liability every time you open your mouth, in fact, you barely make sense
- Louis Vuitton are a credible brand, you have lost credibility ever since you decided you were a spokesperson for fashion
- You tweet things like “I always misspell genius! The irony!”
He goes on, and makes less and less sense… “Fashion breaks my heart. You know, when they do a magazine of number one New Yorkers or something like that and I’m blatantly left out I feel like … it hurts me. And I just appreciate the people in this room that are open minded enough to remember when they were a five-year-old. To remember when they could color outside the lines, to remember when they could give their opinion, honesty without affecting their job, without it affecting their well being.”
Should we be concerned for Kanye? Or are his rants supposed to be a joke? The guy is the George Bush of the music world, we can call his quotes Kanye-isms. Maybe someone needs to explain that he isn’t “blatantly” left out of number one New Yorkers lists, they simply don’t consider him as he isn’t number one at anything aside from being a real nuisance.
Lastly, I’d like to point out that the reason why if “someone is good in one field, can they not be accepted or given the slightest opportunity to express and be creative in other fields?” is because if they don’t have TALENT in another field, then they don’t deserve a chance. I can’t sing, write lyrics, produce music, or dance, so I certainly wouldn’t put you all through the pain of watching me launch a singing career. Kanye, do us a favour and stay out of fashion. Stick to what you are good at (and can someone remind me of what that is?)