5 Things I Loathe About Adidas Originals x Kanye West

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I had big plans to do catwalk coverage this season but it is not going to happen. I am massively busy with Spring 2015 deliveries and Fall 2015 sales of The Sleep Shirt, and I ‘ll be traveling during fashion week which means I don’t have time to post regular coverage. I hope I am not disappointing anyone but my jaded-ness of the catwalk shows has reached epic levels and I think I will just look at everything and think it sucks.

Kind of like this show. I did have to write something here, not only because it was so hiedous, but because of what it represents.

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1. The fashion industry turned up. While I truly think that Kanye is a total twat and I wish he would just disappear off the face of the earth, I blame the fashion industry for feeding his ego. By turning up to his shows and (gasp!) complimenting it and actually treat him with even a milligram of respect, we enable him. He is an egotistical idiot with zero fashion talent yet the industry continue to legitimize his work. As long as respected industry figures turn up to his shows, he will keep this up. The only way to stop him is to stop paying attention. Maybe if we’d done that with Victoria Beckham she wouldn’t have been allowed to build an empire based on her fame and a single tight dress design.

2. He uses race to legitimize himself in the fashion industry. He famously said “You know damn well there aren’t no black guys or celebrities making no Louis Vuitton nothing.” and people take note of comments like that because he highlights a very real issue in the fashion indsutry, which is the lack of diversity. However, this is no reason whatsoever for him to get credit he does not deserve, nor is this a reason why we should take him seriously as a designer. Just because he is black does not mean he deserves credit. If I were to suggest ways of increasing diversity within the fashion industry, I would start with getting rid of the rich and famous people who buy their way in, and I would also make fashion design education more accessible and necessary to break into the field. If that happened, we would most likely end up with more diversity, and we would be able to exclude imbeciles like Kanye and the other pathetic celebrities who force their way into the industry.

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3. Vanessa Beecroft was involved. I used to love her work, she inspired my graduate collection and I am fascinated by her installations. Until this one. Now I think she is lame.

4. He has been designing this collection since 2011. Why is it that an idiot like Kanye can take four years to design a collection and receive credit for it, meanwhile the rest of the industry is forced to churn out a minimum of four collections a year and face criticism if they don’t? Why is he allowed this luxury? And lastly, how in the hell can someone spend four years on anything and still end up with this piece of garbage???? Which brings me to my last point.

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5. The collection is disgusting. The only way I can explain why anyone would wear these heinous tights as clothing is if they are a business woman who is too lazy to change when she goes to the gym so she strips down to her panty hose and works out in that.

Kanye, you suck and so does your ugly collection. And p.s. to Adidas – I am never buying anything from you again.

Images from Style.com.

  • R.S.

    I’m quite tired of the general direction of fashion as well, but I’ve developed this kind of zen sense about it. Fashion really reflects the world at large, and this is what the people want; it may be shallow, derivative, poorly-designed/made clickbait, but that is what the taste makers and youngsters want to see these days.
    It’s reflected in journalism and politics too. People aren’t really interested in the issues, they want the condensed, Buzzfeed versions of things so they can spout the politically correct platitudes and look in touch. Anything that’s morally ambiguous or requires depth of analysis is simply ignored. I’m growing up in a generation that is incredibly short on curiosity and critical thinking, but maybe that will change in a few years. Until then there’s not much to do except do my own thing and ride this Kardashian-wave out.

  • Ana O

    YESSS! Especially #2 is painful. I’m definitely feel like the fashion industry has a diversity issue, and I’d LOVE to see more people of colour becoming successful designers, photographers, models etc. However, a rich, privileged guy with a famous name and no background in fashion is not the kind of person that should represent black people in the industry. Him using race as an excuse is disgusting, cynical, and offensive to the many talented, hard-working black kids who face racist oppression and/or can’t afford design education & unpaid internships.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Well said. This makes me sad, but you are absolutely right.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Exactly. And journalists are “congratulating” him for recognizing that most of his fans won’t be able to afford the clothing but he is making a few “affordable” $300 sneakers for them. F**k off.

  • R.S.

    By the way congrats on how well the Sleep Shirt is doing! I’m missing more regular updates, but just one of your posts is more worth it than 30 idiotic updates on Style.com or Vogue, which has basically become Buzzfeed. I kid you not. One of their articles was a GIF slideshow of past Superbowl Halftime performances. And the other day their top 5 headlines were devoted to Kanye’s Adidas collection.
    I used to get mad at Anna Wintour for capitulating (she probably isn’t involved with online Vogue that much, but still) but she probably is just riding it out too, like she did 90s grunge. Maybe the secret to career longevity is knowing what to do with your time and effort in the off years.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Thank you! And I appreciate the kind words. Agree on Vogue.com and Style.com’s coverage. They are usually just good for catwalk photos and (sometimes) reviews.

  • Jill

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to love your reviews any more than I already do but I agree with every single thing you wrote. Furthermore, I am completely disgusted that Anna Wintour legitimizes this talentless idiot by attending his show! I think she is undermining her own power and because of it, I am having a hard time picking up a copy of American Vogue anymore. Thanks for this great post!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, the Kimye cover really changed American Vogue for me.

  • Kelly T

    Number 5, so good. Literally so good. Why is no one else commenting on the fact that they are all wearing flesh coloured tights as outfits. How many real women would honestly wear skin tights as an whole outfit. (Knickers on top) I might add.

    So many good issues bought up here! How many young talented and innovative designers actually have a chance of reaching such a status, if rich celebrities and those buying their way into the industry steal their thunder.

  • 18thcentury

    Agree with all, except I think you missed the point on #5. The tights aren’t meant to be a “look” in total. Aren’t they meant to be a nude, blank display for the one or two pieces that each has on? It’s not ready to wear nude body suits, it’s about a flesh tone so you focus on the piece, like the girl with the bags, it’s the product not the look as a whole.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, you are probably right, but why are the models and Kim wearing them that way? I mean – it is a real challenge making a full outfit and not jsut sticking the model in tights to go with the bag, right? Ugh – who cares though, it sucked anyway!

  • Peter

    You wanna really stick it to Adidas, just go across the street and shop at Puma.
    Also, are the tights actually party of the collection? It seems like they used them as a background to the actual pieces (of shit). Like they would do with white dresses to showcase a jewellery line.
    And finally, people like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Victoria Beckham will continue to rise to stardom as long as the REAL buying power stays where it is right now – with 11-17 year old teens. Everything is sold to them and is essentially bought and consumed by them. The fashion industry survives on sales of accessories, footwear, perfumes, cosmetics and other small “affordable” knick-knacks. Who do you think buys them? The 15-year-old “mean girl” from your local high school who thinks that Kim Kay is “like” her idol.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Ugh. I hate that you are very right.

  • Reader

    You people are crazy and bias. Never even giving him a chance. You don’t know anything about Kanye West, his ideas, his music, or what he talks about in his interviews. You only know exactly what you read in the news. You come on here to “Searchforstyle.com” writing like a 5 year old saying insults like a child. Write about something when you understand the topic. This article makes 0 arguments what so ever. This was one of the worst pieces of trash I have ever read.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    The website is called “Searching for Style”, not “Search for style.” And I would have thought that almost 20 years in the indsutry gave me the authority to comment on these things, and not sound like a child. I think the 650 people who “liked” this article would agree, no? We gave Kanye a chance, and he fucked it up by making all these disgusting collections.

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    I thought the purpose of a lot of high fashion shows were to inspire and to show particular trends not so much about what is “wearable”. Ive seen alot of strange and horrible outifts showcased in fashion magazines that would make many ask “who would wear that?” But as someone that went to a fashion art school with a very low opinion of fashion ive come out of it respecting the Artform. And thats how i view most fashion shows now. Wearable Art that pushes the boundaries of what will eventually become common fashion trends. I dont really have much experience besides that to judge what is good or bad.

    As an Artist I also acknowledge that all Art is subjective and you are entitled to your opinion. However i also feel you have a prematurely formed opinion of Kanye West that is heavily influenced by the media and it seems to effect your opinion of his fashion designs and even if it did not, prefacing an opinion piece with “i hate this artist” doesnt really help your view. Of course it does make for good click bait.

  • kchokie

    Kanye? Is that you?

  • Jordan Lewis

    This article seems super person.. Clearly you just hate Kanye.

  • NeneBerry

    The hilarious part is, that is real pain in the models’ faces. Not sexy somber, just real ‘Are you serious?’

  • http://www.disneyrollergirl.net Disneyrollergirl

    I think it’s not so much the fashion industry that’s to blame for indulging people like Kanye/Victoria Beckham as ‘the media’. We live in a dumbed down Buzzfeed click bait world and the online media needs to cover this shit to get traffic, to get advertisers. And the advertisers only care about numbers. It’s sad i know. It’s the reason i hate SEO, why give people what they are Googling, you’ll just serve up the same shit. (Sorry, going off tangent) We need people like you (and me) to say what the rest of the media doesn’t.

  • R.S.

    Well really if Alexandra’s (and loads of other commenters’, myself included) responses are a bit over the top, it’s purely a backlash to the universal acclaim Kanye is receiving, with little to no alternative opinions being published. I don’t deny that some people respond to and genuinely adore his work, but a LOT of reputable publications who would otherwise share our opinion have been clearly been bought or swayed by Adidas’ advertising money. And this is unethical.

  • billcollektr

    What if you actually did some research about Kanye and found out he did go to art school. Would that impact your hate? Or are you just hoping to be cool trying to be the best Kanye Hater out there, no knowing anything about him?

  • Sarah Alexandra

    Written by the woman who sells the worlds most, lets put it bluntly, PRETENTIOUS PYJAMAS, for the shocking average amount of $200. Fashion is about what ever people want it to be, with Kanye doing whatever the fuck he wants, and rightly so. And as far as wearing this woman’s designs to bed.. I’d rather sleep naked 😉

  • Hillary Perry

    I love how you start the article off bragging about how your “too busy” because of X Y and Z. Not to mention, his collection isn’t awful. You obviously aren;t supposed to walk around like that use your brain. He’s showcasing his pieces which by the way are all BASICS. It’s not supposed to be high fashion. Sad, for someone in the fashion industry” you dont seem to get it.

  • Hillary Perry

    Do any of you even have a reason to hate Kanye other than the fact that he took Swifts mike away at the VMA’s? Get over it.

  • Dodgy

    If Kanye really wanted to encourage or see young, talented black designers rise in this industry, (oh how I miss the energy of Patrick Kelly!) perhaps he should have put his money into a fund, backing the education and first collection or two of properly talented individuals, who need that extra help in a business where designers get paid LAST, after shelling out for their samples and fabric and production (if they receive orders) just to start!
    Cash flow is the hardest, hardest thing in fashion and the downfall of many designers (yes, reader, I am one too…) So, Kanye, please don’t make it about you and for once, keep your mouth shut and ‘give’ the chance to someone who could really make a beautiful, creative, controversial (for the right reasons) difference. Show some class and stay in the background. Pay it forward, or whatever it is that one does for the next generation, but please, please, do. not. do. another ‘collection’!

  • nope

    If you’re going to insult people for “writing like a 5 year old” you might want to learn the difference between “bias” and “biased”. Also proofread. No one likes a hypocrite. Or maybe you’re trolling…

  • Issidora

    I don’t care that Kanye is rich or black. This collection can only be described as trash. I have been in the industry for over 30 years and this is not wearable in any way, shape, form, situation.

  • Alxndr Bn

    His collection is an extension of himself and matches him perfectly; both are vile and and unoriginal. Kanyé lacks relevance with today and has a sub par music ability, compared to others from his genre.

  • KD

    Don’t like the collection regardless of who designed it…and why is everyone dissing Victoria Beckham? Her fashion is perfectly acceptable and she and her husband are a brandname..and just because someone hasn’t been to fashion school doesn’t always mean they are less talented their personal situations took them in a different direction and now the opportunity to do what they really wanted to do arose they grabbed it…GO VB

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Other reasons I loathe Kanye: he is obnoxious, he can’t design clothing but acts like he can, he wore a white jacket to a memorial for my old course director yesterday (mean while EVERYONE else wore black), he is married to one of the most annoying women in the world, and everything in the list above. I have no idea about what happened at the VMAs.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Last time I checked, nude body stockings are not basics. And I am having trouble understanding the rest of your comment because of your inability to use grammar correctly however if you are suggesting that we aren’t supposed to walk around in these heinous outfits, yet Kim Kardashian came in wearing one, then I am confused.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’m almost just as rude to crappy fashion designers, who have only ever designed bad collections. But thankfully there aren’t very many of those. Most designers who made crap like Kanye would not be allowed second chances, but because he is a loud mouth celebrity, he gets as many chances as he wants. And attending art school for one semester is not exactly the same as having an MA in fashion design from the most prestigious fashion design school in the world, is it?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Do you mean “super personal”?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Then you won’t mind if I decide I want to be a doctor tomorrow but I skip medical school.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’d hardly call my pyjamas pretentious but you are allowed your own opinion and I won’t comment on that. However, I just want to point out that the reason why my pyjamas are $200 is because I make them in Canada where people get fair wages and decent working conditions. We actually have quite low margins, unlike Kanye, who touts $300 sneakers made in factories in Asia with highly questionable working conditions.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Good point, but I’d like to think that if the industry shunned them then maybe they’d get less exposure. Of course I am not helping the situation with this article…

  • cazz23

    At least VB designs clothes that are wearable & look good. K’s are just crap.

  • cazz23

    VB’s clothes aren’t marketed towards teens, she has earnt her stipes whereas Kanye’s are just too ridiculous!

  • John

    Wow…you really must hate life! This has to be the worst and most pathetic and poorly written article I have ever read, filled with inaccurate and misinformed facts.

    1. His 9000 pairs of shoes sold out in less than 5 minutes. When have you ever sold 9000 of anything??? He was the highlight of Fashion Week and NY All Star.

    2. If you knew anything about his background, you would know he was in art school and studied design before music. He’s 100% right about his view of the fashion world. Why are you so scared?

    3. I’m sure she inspired you…because you have no good ideas yourself.

    4. He signed with Adidas last year and started collection a few month ago.

    5. Ha. The tights are not even in the collection, but a way for you to focus on the single apparel and footwear piece.By the way your tea

    By the way, when you reach some success…maybe you can critic someone else. Good luck with that oversized pajama, sleep shirt because no one will ever be caught outside with that trash.

    Alexandra, you suck and so does your ugly collection. And p.s. to SleepShirt – I am never buying anything from you again.

  • 1b2y

    well said

  • 1b2y

    I have been in the industry for 35 years and as far as Im concerned this collection is pure genius, Kanyé hired some of the brightes minds in the industry to collaborate with him and you can see it, your article is childish, really silly, criticise colors shapes fabrics ok, thats valid but name calling just makes you look like the “twat”

  • 1b2y

    No you are wrong its brilliant I would wear it and I would die to get my hands on it its fantastic and Im no fan of Kanyés, thing is people dont know who really designed this like I said in another comment some of the brightest talents in the industry are behind this

  • 1b2y

    Patirick Kelly??? Those ridiculous buttons??? please its incomparable, this collection is pure genius

  • 1b2y

    Exactly its obvious

  • 1b2y

    RIGHT!!!!

  • 1b2y

    nazi grammar brigade snobbism is so lame and lashing out in unbridled vitriolic fury about Kanyé West is even lamer, your pyjamas are the most boring things I have ever come across, I dont know who you are but you certainly are opinionated

  • 1b2y

    Hahahahahhaa well said thank You !!!!!! I just did a photo shoot today with Karina Senyk, and she told me that she knows the people that worked on Kanyés coll, like brillant designers from Martin Margiela etc, I LOVE this collection and Im about as difficult to please as you get, Im not in admiration of any stars Ive been around them all my life, all Im looking for is good fashion involving all the correct parameters, the fabrics look so well worked, the colors are spot on the reworked classics are perfect, Kanyé pulled it off and so Ill say Chapeau Kanyé!!

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    And yet you write articles about him.

    He is such a divisive force. I find that alone enough to question his actions and what he does. Why does he irk people so?

    At the VMA’s he came up on stage while T.Swift accepted her award. He said Beyonce deserved it. Now a few weeks ago, did almost the same to Beck. “Beck should respect Artistry” he said. Just in time to announce he will be working with Taylor Swift, his sneakers come out, as well as his clothing line, and an appearance with a new song on SNL 40th Anniversary. Coincidence? I bet hell probably be working with Beck soon.

    Kanye does and says some pretty obnoxious things. I question if he’s truly that idiotic or if hes just playing the media. They say even bad publicity is good publicity. Kanye is the king of it.

    Im not really defending Kanye. I just want to point out that the opinion that most people have of him is from what the media puts out. What he lets the media see. Is he really an idiot? Or is he just trolling everyone? And unless you personally know him, you dont really know. I wont call him a genius but thats pretty fucking cool.

  • Lily

    Omg – the collection is actually a joke! It’s gross. I totally agree with the writer. The fashion industry should be revered for its authentic talent and not based on fame, but unfortunately the consumer decides and they decided to but in to Victoria Beckams collection.

  • Lily

    to buy in to Victoria Beckams collection*

  • kathleen

    You mean the fact that he steals other people’s moments to worship at the altar of Beyonce? Not once but twice (did you forget about Beck)? He’s a spoiled brat.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I don’t think he is trolling and I will give him props for being excellent at creating an immensely successful profile and gaining millions of fans. But let’s not forget that I am not writing about Kanye’s collection and the story around it. He might be a master at controlling public opinion and generating media, but he can’t design worth shit. All of his collections are shit. And that’s what I wrote about.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    If you have been in the industry for 35 years and you still aren’t able to recognize shit fashion when you see it, then maybe you should consider a career change. There’s a reason why 3500 people have liked this article and shared it.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Then I suppose on won’t comment on the appauling grammar and spelling you’ve put in all of the comments you’ve written on this post…

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    1. Give me a few months and I will have sold 9000 nightshirts.
    2. One semester of art school does not a graduate make.
    3. I can’t really respond to sandbox talk because I’m over the age of 12.
    4. Do some basic googling and you’ll see I’m not the only one who reported how long this travesty took to “design.”
    5. You might think my collection is ugly but the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Barneys, Net A Porter, Bon Marche, and the thousands of customers who have bought our product don’t. So I’m kinda going to trust that I am doing just fine, even if you never buying anything from me again (Lol.)

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Name dropping fashion industry people who are practically unknown is not going to help your argument here…

  • 1b2y

    You are supremely arrogant and have a very fascist mind set who are YOU to set and then IMPOSE the parameters for what good taste is, especially when what you are dealing with here is someone who obviously has good taste, ? All you can say is SHIT SHIT SHIT without offering one good argument Ill tell you why this is a good collection, The colors are subtle, well put together, all on the the same tonal range they are intellectual and work perfectly with the clothes, the presentation was in very good taste, innovative and effective, pulling us out of the run of the mill catwalk show, its a great idea, the casting superbe, the fabrics are of good quality and well chosen, the revisted classics are perfect, the concept is flawless, the pieces are wearable, its modern and clever, the off set of pieces on nude body suits is a brilliant idea, the whole thing is reussi a 100% the only thing I didnt like was te lame speech at the beginning, but it was so naive i can forgive it, I cant see why you are having such a hissy fit and getting your knickers into a knot over this, quite frankly, i would prefer a million times to go to bed in Kanyes beat up sweat shirt than your pristine, bland and utterly boring pyjamas, Im not in any way a fan of Kanyé but in all fairness this is a very good collection, if you cant see that I feel sorry you, your bad language and vitriol just go to show your shallow and twisted mind set. The worst most abominable vulgar and disgusting show of the season was Tom Ford, good ones JW ANDERSON GIAMBASTI VALLI, RAG & BONE and DIOR I would put Kanyé in the top 10. Bravo Kanyé !!!!

  • Aengus

    Cliched drivel. How are colours “intellectual”? And what “concept is flawless”? You may as well have written that he “broke new ground, brought down barriers” or some other hackneyed meaningless phrase. Also, you say that if the author doesn’t know Kanye personally, how can she really know his mind – yet you don’t know the author and still bizarrely say she has a fascist mindset and label her supremely arrogant. An accusation better directed at that clown Kanye ..

  • jaspy

    lol what the fuck is fashion art school? anyone who has actually been in art school would know fashion is the antichrist of art – within the fine art world. someone with a ‘low opinion’ of fashion does not come to respect it as an artform through school lol. the worst part about this fashion show IS its desperate of use of association to legitimize itself. and also back to addressing your comment, maybe you should read more about this collection as it was supposed to be wearable not and not only inspiring.

  • jaspy

    you’re definitely defending kanye. if you like him, which you clearly do, why pretend like you don’t?

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC? That includes majors such as Fashion Design, Mens Wear, Womens Wear, Fashion Illustration, Regular Illustration, Photography, Fine Arts, Computer Animation, Toy Design?

    And you know when you go to a school like that you run into alot of “Fashion People” You make friends with people in other majors. You see how hard Fashion Designers work. You get a first hand experience in understanding their thought processes. You also see alot of out there and cool designs. Not to mention NYC fashion week can be pretty cool.

    I really shouldnt try to argue this with a person that cannot see how Fashion is indeed an Artform. If your opinion isnt evolved enough to understand this concept there is no hope in trying to convince you.

  • 1b2y

    Colors can be and definiitely are “intellectual” and the entire concept is flawless lol what other concept would I be referring to ? LOL how are my phrases hackneyed and meaningless, they simply portray my point of view, such trite arguments you are using I mean you very argument itself is hackneyed and meaningless, please show me where I said that if the author does not know Kanyé personally? You seem to be a little confused, and Yes she is supremely arrogant, not only is she fascist and arrogant but she is childish and has no relevant arguments to back up the hissy fit she is publicly displaying, its silly and childish, I have also just seen she is an adamant defenseur of fur which brings her even lower than low in my esteem, anyone that wears or defends fur as far as Im concerned is just a heartless psycopâth, and thats where her and Kanyé have some common ground so sur ce je vous quitte bande de nazes salut

  • jaspy

    actually i’m a fashion lover coming from a contemporary fine art world where it is apparent that the people in the art world are resistant to fashion as art. that is not my opinion, that is just the doxa from the contemporary fine art world that i’ve experienced and is true.

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    I did not realize I was coming off as pretending as I do not like him. I do enjoy his music and his passion for creating. I am more so trying to point out that his persona is so divisive. Some rather respectable people do still praise Kanye while others certainly dislike him. Perhaps people should take a closer look at his stuff then to merely right him off.

  • jaspy

    personally i didn’t write him off. i just find this entire collection reductive. it won’t be that cheap, it’s just a collection of clothes he wears that other designers already wear. this collection is entirely egotistical as it is him recreating his own clothes for other people. lol, i have to stop myself from going any further before i make myself dislike this more than i care to. also i actually think him and kim have great clothes and style but this collection despite its vanity is not so great

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    So you and I are both Artist that appreciate Fashion and yet you seem to say its apparent that people in the Art world are resistant to Fashion as Art? Maybe you shouldnt use generalizations as fact? I coulda sworn on my many visits to the MoMA I have come across Fashion exhibits. I believe even the Met has had exhibits on clothings and styles.

  • jaspy

    k essentially majors such as Fashion Design, Mens Wear, Womens Wear, Fashion Illustration, Regular Illustration, Photography, Computer Animation, Toy Design are all essentially not considered directly in the canon of ‘fine art’, at best they are detable art and liminal mediums at the threshold of what is considered art – like an exception. i am saying this to you not through my own opinion, on the contrary i am the opposite and am always being told by the art world that the fashion world =/= art. honestly i’ve made my point and you can misunderstand it however you want

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    You are entitled to your opinion and truthfully I feel mostly indifferent to his collection. However at the risk of sounding redundant, I want to try and emphasize my point one more time. Whenever there is a topic or a subject that clearly is polarizing to a large portion of the population I tend to scrutinize it a bit more. Whether I hate something or like it, I ask myself why so many feel the opposite. There must be something more.

    I find that many times Art that I do not like or get, is better appreciated when I know the backstory of how it was created. With someone like Kanye you find many well established and respected people in their particular fields still praising his works. Even Beck after Kanye attempting to once again storm the stage still called Kanye a genius. Taylor Swift will still be working with him. Lou Reed even wrote a great review of Yeezus. Right I get it… its not fashion. But arent there similarly respected Designers still giving him praise? Still working with him? Is there not something then we are missing? Could there be?

    I feel like many write Kanye off more so because of his personality rather than the substance of his work. Again, its your opinion, but perhaps mentioning how you hate the person before you tear apart his work slightly invalidates your opinion due to it seeming biased.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    You are accusing me of having a hissy fit? Lol. And I also don’t think you understand what the word fascist means, because I may be a lot of things, but I am not a fascist. Maybe do some book learning and learn some grammar while you are there.

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    Not for anything, but I think a lot of people liked the article because they dislike Kanye, not because they agree or even know much about Fashion. You seem to be a person whose opinion holds some weight in the blogosphere of Fashion. I am sure any person that does not like Kanye, will just be like “Yea this Fashion person knows, Fuck Kanye, he cant design cloths.”(rhyme unintentional)
    -click like-

    I mean I found this article through facebook and we all know how many people like to just read headlines.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Same could be said about the nutters coming onto this page and freaking out about the fact that I insulted Kanye. They certainly don’t know anything about fashion… And thansk for the compliment (“a person whose opinion holds some weight in the blogosphere of Fashion.”)

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    No, I get what you are saying. Basically the Art Snobs. I dont really take those people seriously. I think they are more concerned with some sort or prestige rather than what actually makes good, thoughtful, provoking Art because that could be found anywhere in any medium.

    Then again my personal definition of Art is much more encompassing.

    Its completely fine to take Art seriously, however I find that when a person takes himself too seriously they become a joke. Speaking of which, this is one of the reasons why Kanye intrigues me. I find he borders on this line. Whether intentionally or unknowingly this is one of the reasons I find him so interesting and most find him so irritating.

    When he proclaims something like “I am a god” does he really have too much arrogance. Or is he just testing and poking us? The same could be said about his audacity to try and design a clothing line. Who the fuck does he think he is? lol. Especially when you think how snobby the fashion world can be as well.

  • http://www.remylexington.wordpress.com/ Remy Lexington

    This is very true. This is also one of the reasons I like him. Hes just so damn divisive. He gets people talking no matter what. Just bring him up at a party and watch the sparks fly.

    Also. You are welcome. :)

  • jtrain73

    Not gonna lie, I’m a Kanye stan. But this Adidas collection is disgusting so far. He’s a real hit and miss dude, so I’ll draw my opinion over the long haul. Some of his older work with Nike and LV, plus select fashion choices, are on point.

    That being said, this article seems rather hateful and while it’s titled “5 things I loath about Adias Originals x Kanye West”, it should be titled “5 things I loathe about Kanye West”.

  • GunsUp

    You sound like the egotistical twat going on about how many people pressed like on your article. You spent 20 years in this industry and you’re still stuck writing articles on what clothing line you think is “shitty” (and in turn just promoting it more).. You really just sound closed minded.
    Good job on feeding into his ego with this article by the way.

  • GunsUp

    And do you have a clothing line or do you just play the role of fashion expert? You’re about as douchey as Kanye West.

  • http://instagram.com/livefreeandburn Aaron VIII

    Kanye should stick to making beats

  • D.Robinson

    Best post EVER! Kudos to you for acknowledging issues not only faced by in fashion but also many aspects in life. Diversity is essential but it needs to be addressed by the people equipped to ensure it is done respectfully!

  • Takora

    The problem with this article is that you have written it assuming that everyone else has the same opinion as you. You blame people in the fashion industry for encouraging him, but did it ever occur to you that people actually like his work? The fact that you have pointed out that this collection is unwearable also shows that you know very little about fashion. Most designers have what is called a ‘ready to wear’ line which is the stuff they sell and it is NOT what they show on the catwalk. What is shown in fashion shows is usually an exaggerated, over the top, and animated version of the line so that people can see the designers artistic view and then they base their ready to wear line off that.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’m not “stuck” writing articles like this, I actually enjoy writing articles like this. It is fun and I enjoy the fact that thousnds of people, whether they agree with me or not, read my work.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, I have a clothing line that is sold in Barneys and Net A Porter.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    No, I have not assumed that everyone else has the same opinion as me, only that most of my regular readers have the same opiion as me. And they do, they read my blog because of it. Somehow this article went viral and loads of psychotic Kanye fans found it and are commenting here. Yes, there are people who actually like his work, but those people are uneducated and have bad taste.

  • Ben Balls

    Why not move on and actually write about something you like? You just come off as a jealous nobody, Miss.

  • Regretting I came here

    Saying something is “shit” does not make it so. No matter how much you boast about your 20 years in the industry and all the likes and reposts you’ve gotten, it doesn’t make what you say a fact. That is fashion and you, with your massive 20 years, cannot change that so fuck off and think before you type. You have no idea how stupid you’ve made yourself look.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Because articles like this get way more attention and I love to complain about the stuff I loathe.

  • EmSelina

    Everything else aside….including the fact that this is by Kanye….it’s just hideous.

  • Chalk

    The tights aren’t part of the line, they’re there to dismiss the possibility of the eye being drawn to anything but the clothes. If you can see past the tights the clothing isn’t actually that bad. I’ve seen worse on the catwalks.

  • mynamejeff

    spoken like a true fan boy.

  • grace

    someone’s bitter

  • rodrigo de fashionisto

    The collection is dog shit.

  • kanye’s mum.

    I second rodrigo. Y’all i told that cocksure fuck up of a son his collection is wack! He’s was all like “fuck you mom, im kanye west!” so i was like “i don’t give a fuck who you are n i aint wearing your collection cause it is sheeeeit son!”

    I told that lil mothafucka, even got him round the ear with a dish cloth, first wash that mothafucka had dis year, I tell y’all

  • Aiids

    Don’t you mean ‘one’ lol. And “you’ve put” etc…. Hypocrisy much? I’m completely bipartisan in my over reaching opinion about this Kanye stuff but by FAR the most annoying thing about this particular little furore is you having a go at people for poor grammar/spelling in the arbitrary comments sections of a poorly written article, itself, rife with grammar/spelling mistakes. It’s about exactly as much as I’d expect from the mind of the simpleton who penned it.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    There is a big difference between typo and inability to write proper English. Typos are excusable, everyone makes them (especially on phones.) Forgetting how to use capital letters and punctuation is not excusable.

  • Aiids

    Obscene comparison. Reading this poorly crafted campaign against Kanye (I don’t much care for him myself) and the ill-placed skirmishes against your detractors (I don’t much care for them myself) I’m starting to think that you’re secretly doing a Kanye. By using the (inferior) tools of hypocrisy and poor judgment in a public arena you’re being just as divisive and controversial as he is.

    Fashion design is a currency that is only valid to its own sphere. It serves its own pretentious meaningless moneyed interests. There’s nothing more insular and pointless than fashion school. How can you compare such an idiotic thing with Medecine. It amazes me. I am amazed.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    “There’s nothing more insular and pointless than fashion school.” Get over your “amazement.” You are obviously too thick to understand that fashion design requires skills, like understanding fabrics, construction, production, etc… You don’t just rock up and start drawing (another skill that is taught in school.) Call it pointless but there is a reason why 99% of working fashion designers went to fashion school.

  • Aiids

    Why isn’t it? – it’s just a comments section, what does it matter? How do you know THERE’S aren’t typos?What if English isn’t their first language? What if they don’t have a Humanities degree and shouldn’t therefore have the right to post articles or provide a voice in its comments section, because they can’t do it technically correctly? *SHOCK!* Not being good enough at English shouldn’t detract from the points being issued – though some of them are admittedly idiotic, I’ll give you that.

    You’re actually producing published work for public consumption. YOU shouldn’t be permitting mistakes such as these (typo or not)…

    “hiedous”
    “By turning up to his shows and (gasp!) complimenting it and actually TREAT him with even a milligram of respect, we enable him.”
    “He is an egotistical idiot with zero fashion talent yet the industry CONTINUE to legitimize his work.”
    “He famously said “You know damn well there aren’t no black guys or celebrities making no Louis Vuitton nothing.” and people take…” – punctuation is all over the place. You don’t ‘put’ spelling or grammar anywhere!

    If I want to be as pedantic as you suggest we should be then in your previous comment, yes, I guess “on/one” could be down to a typo but “grammar and spelling you’ve PUT in your comments…” That’s some awwwful grammar!

    I don’t really care about these things and I think you’re a cool person and you’re doing a good job with your career and everything (and sorry for the uninvited commentary) but I just can’t staaand hypocrisy and you giving everyone a hard time over their use of English is really just not on. I also disagree with you quite a lot about some of the things you’ve said but this comment isn’t about that :)

  • Aiids

    don’t know why it put this here… Think it’s confused. Was meant to be a reply to my other comment.

  • Aiids

    99% of designers went to fashions school because the industry is 99% insular. People suckin eachother off so hard coz they really want to be ‘involved’ in the fickle romance of the fashion world.

    A degree in fashion does NOT equal a degree in Medicine. And the best art doesn’t come out of art school, it exists in the real world.

  • Aiids

    Going to repost that other one where it’s meant to be…

  • Aiids

    Why isn’t it? – it’s just a comments section, what does it matter? How do you know THERE’S aren’t typos?What if English isn’t their first language? What if they don’t have a Humanities degree and shouldn’t therefore have the right to post articles or provide a voice in its comments section, because they can’t do it technically correctly? *SHOCK!* Not being good enough at English shouldn’t detract from the points being issued – though some of them are admittedly idiotic, I’ll give you that.

    You’re actually producing published work for public consumption. YOU shouldn’t be permitting mistakes such as these (typo or not)…

    “hiedous”
    “By turning up to his shows and (gasp!) complimenting it and actually TREAT him with even a milligram of respect, we enable him.”
    “He is an egotistical idiot with zero fashion talent yet the industry CONTINUE to legitimize his work.”
    “He famously said “You know damn well there aren’t no black guys or celebrities making no Louis Vuitton nothing.” and people take…” – punctuation is all over the place.

    If I want to be as pedantic as you suggest we should be then in your previous comment, yes, I guess “on/one” could be down to a typo but “grammar and spelling you’ve PUT in all of the comments…” That’s some awwwful grammar! You don’t ‘put’ spelling or grammar anywhere!

    I don’t really care about these things and I think you’re a cool person and you’re doing a good job with your career and everything (and sorry for the uninvited commentary) but I just can’t staaand hypocrisy and you giving everyone a hard time over their use of English is really just not on.

  • JennyJ0

    Never even giving him a chance.

    Actually, he was given lots of chances, the latest one by Adidas, and he ruined them all, because his talent is inversely proportional to his immensely inflated ego. He should make room for real talent.

  • Drosiah

    Number 4 is bullshit, he may have had 4 years but he also had 3 albums, 2 world tours, headlined 35 festivals, designed 2 of the fastest selling Nike trainers AND this collection!!

    How can you say it’s bad?! Have you ever seen some of the catwalk shit that’s churned out on a day to day basis? It’s 1,000 times better than that Machino shit where everyone looks like they work at McDonalds

    Number 3, it’s quite clear that you don’t like Kanye West and anyone assisted with him & even someone that has inspired you throughout your career, you now don’t like them because she works with Kayne? You’re pethetic.

  • http://emiloufur.com/ Emily

    If you need a goddamned blank canvas to display a bag then you should have a showroom with bags in it. People are meant to wear clothes. Not being able to create cohesive outfits that highlight the things you want to highlight means that this is bad design work.

  • http://emiloufur.com/ Emily

    I went to fashion school and I learned to use industrial machinery, I learned to cut patterns, I learned tailoring, I learned how to work with fabrics from fur (which requires very specific machinery) to chiffon and everything in between, and I had the opportunity to meet with various people in the industry. It’s not about drawing pretty pictures, if that’s what you’re thinking! I wouldn’t have been able to achieve all this myself without some education.

  • http://emiloufur.com/ Emily

    If the nude tights were supposed to be there to make a blank body canvas to display the ‘actual clothes’ on… then how is it that the nude tights were the most memorable thing about the whole show? Yeesh. Oh wait, no, I can remember that there was some knitwear that looked like it had been knitted by a honey badger on a broken knitting machine. And I can remember some rucksack straps. Truly groundbreaking stuff.

  • uraprik

    You seem to be forgetting that art is subjective. You sound more obnoxious than Kanye to be honest.

  • Jane S

    Couldn’t agree more

  • um

    troll.

  • um

    Aiids, you boring fart. Go and direct your this energy elsewhere, rather than ranting to strangers on the internet *yawn*

  • Rachel

    Aiids…. ranting to strangers on the internet again…. yawn………..

  • Rachel

    HAHAHAH … oh, Aiids.

  • Rachel

    HAHAHAH … Aiids “going to repost that other one where it’s meant to be…” uh hem.

  • Missy

    troll.

  • meg

    the tights are not apart of the collection they just represent skin to showcase the actual garment better. you don’t buy the tights l o l

  • Takora

    I can assure you that I am not a fan of Kanye but I at least respect other people’s opinions. Saying that people who like something that you don’t like ‘are uneducated and have bad taste’ shows how small minded and uneducated you are. You are allowed to dislike his clothing line but don’t for a second think that your opinion is the correct one to have and then insult people who disagree with you, if you actually had a valid point then you would be able to make it without childish name calling.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    If someone had something positive AND intelligent to say about his collection, I’d respect them. But most of the people commenting here are mostly crazy Kanye fans who have yet to suggest one valid argument against my blog post.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Huh? You clearly have no idea about fashion or fashion shows, do you?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Most fashion designers, over the course of four years, create upwards of 12 collections, manage branding, open stores, etc… and have a way smaller team than Kanye. Your argument has no merit. And yes, I have seen a lot of what is on the catwalk and while this is certainly not the worst stuff in the entire world, it is pretty bad. That Moschino collection (not Machino…) was one of many they have done, most of which are pretty amazing (unlike Kanye, who has failed at every chance he had had.) And yes, sometimes when I find out someone I respect goes to work for the “enemy”, then I lose respect for them. I guess I’m “pethetic.” Lol.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    “his talent is inversely proportional to his immensely inflated ego” Amazing.

  • Lou

    Kanye is a tool and I agree on this criticism. But girl, who charge 200 plus for a fucking nightgown that isn’t even an original design and you piss on Victoria Beckham? Now…I think you’re lame

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Ugh, I don’t know why I keep defending myself to ignorant people like you, but I feel obliged. First of all, Kanye charges $300 for a sneaker made in China – which is poorly made and has massive margins (how else are they going to pay for his shitty designs?) I make my nightshirts in Canada, where people get paid a living wage and where I support my local industry. If you shoped around a bit, you would understand that clothing made in countries who don’t let companies treat their employees like garbage, tend to be a lot more expensive than stuff made in countries with questionable working conditions. That’s why they are $200.

  • Gina ‘Zimney’ Rengstorf

    He designed those? Looks like my kids were playing in my sock drawer.

  • RyanStackwell

    Fantastic that you have been working in the industry for twenty years, I’m sure you’re well qualified and know exactly what you’re talking about. However, the way you’ve gone about writing this article is laughable. I know this is click bait and I’m surprised I’m even replying to this, but I was so amazed I had to say something. This is possibly the worst piece of journalism I’ve ever read. I agree with you, I’m not a fan of the collection, however, you’ve written about Kanye like a jealous pre-teen. I’m just frustrated by the fact people will read this and ingest this as a serious and legitimate comment on art. The internet is ruining the new generation, and in my opinion, specifically articles like this.

  • Anonymous

    Personally I would say this post is quite backwards in terms of progression. Why should all designers have to have prior fashion education? Would that not just churn out the same ideas and designs over and over again. The whole evolution of the creative industries is based on pushing the boundaries, and not conforming to the contemporary standards. take the DADA art movement; at the beggining their was an uproar, everyone believed it was the ‘end of the arts’, but now it is widely accepted and without its presence we would be far more restricted as designers in the current day.

    As for the comment on rich people buying their way into the design world……. Well welcome to real life! Wouldn’t it be nice if we all were payed equally and could be driven to the hair salon in a nice blacked out SUV….. But unfortunately that is not the world we live in. So wishing for it to be different is not going to do much use.

    I myself sit neutrally on the Kanye subject, I’m not a fan, but I don’t go out of my way to shun him either.

    Signed Guest User.

  • Aiids

    Haha, alright alright, pretty sure I’m not the only one ranting though. Happy to be part of the rantothon.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    First of all, this is not “journalism” – this is a fashion blog. Second of all, I am not jealous of Kanye, if you’d read any of my archive, you’d know this is the tone I normally take and it is certainly not a pre teen angle. And I’ll agree with you that the internet is ruining the new generation, but not because of articles like mine, but because idiots like Kanye are granted an audience for their collections and stupid people actually respect his work. It is very, very sad.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    “Why should all designers have to have prior fashion education?” ??? Why should all doctors have medical education? Why should all accountants have accountancy education? I try not to respond to stupid comments like this but it is ignorant people like you that are causing the downfall of my industry. You don’t just chrun out ideas in fashion school, you learn about fabrics, pattern making, sewing, marketing, production, illustraion, costume history, and a ton of other things. You say that designers churn out the same ideas over nad over again? What brands make waves at fashion week? The ones with TRAINED designers behind them (Chanel, Dior, Marc Jacobs, etc…) and they certianly do not have the same ideas every season. The only (and I mean ONLY) reason why any celebrity fashion collection works is because they have a trained designer (one who went to fashion school) working with them to do all the real work.

    And as for the rich buying their way in – I agree it is the world we live in but there is absolutely nothing wrong with loathing it. If no one ever stood up to this, and if we all just accepted that rich and famous people get all the chances and the poor get nothing, then this world would be full of people like you, and therefore be a very pathetic place. I’ve still got hope.

  • byfashionnazi.wordpress.com

    it really wasn’t that bad and he isn’t that bad.

  • Deenah A. G-Vega

    1b2y is Kanye people & there are a few others here who in kanyes camp!!!

  • Danielle

    Whilst I agree with him not having much talent, I think people are too focussed on the leggings. I thought they were there so we could focus on the clothing he’s designed (the jumpers, bags, coats etc.). It seems to me everyone’s slating his collection because of this when really they were a “blank canvas” to show off his pieces. Then again, I’m not a fashion person so I wouldn’t really know.

  • http://digital-future.tumblr.com/ Louis MacLean

    Are you a teenager? Because you sound like one, “Kanye is shit, his collection is shit, everything is shit” Your only defense is how many “likes” your article has, again, very immature..

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Actually, my defense is that I’ve got years of industry experience and my opinion counts for something. And I do think this is shit, but I’ve backed it up with solid arguments. The teenagers here are the ones who think Kanye’s fashion “designs” are worth the thread they are sewn together with.

  • James

    Jaded indeed.
    It is my belief that art polarizes opinions I think it’s just whatever tickles your pickle. I do find the collection a bit…uninspired/expensive, but I would wear a lot of it for the pure aesthetic.

  • scot sims

    “….when a person takes himself too seriously they become a joke.” Hello joke.

  • JennyJ0

    I read that the other day at Oxford he compared himself to Picasso. He already compared himself to Jesus, Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs, Beethoven and Walt Disney – to name a few. The man never ceases to amaze me, particularly his complete lack of modesty, when he has so much to be modest about.

  • Sruthi

    Alexandra, stop defending your opinions. It’s okay. Let others say what they feel about it, too. I personally hated this collection and I feel that Kanye is not cut out to be a designer. His lack of fashion knowledge and aesthetics is more than visible in this collection. One does not simply get up one day and become a designer, simply because one has the fame and money to influence brands. But you don’t need to hate so much. Defending your opinions by the number of likes received is juvenile and yes, we know you’ve been an active part of the industry for several years but stating it again and again would not increase the value of it.

  • Sruthi

    Woman, are you crazy?
    Do you see the actual collection before falling in love with it or just knowing that the brightest talents have designed it is enough for you?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    “Stop defending my opinions” ??? This is what my blog is about: fashion & opinion. If I don’t defend them, I have nothing.

  • Kevin

    Wait, this is for real?!! I thought it was like a skit or something from Youtube, they’re not even wearing clothes though wtf!?

  • cabasal

    You’re all idiots, everything product in this world is segmented. Meaning they had a specific target market in mind. So while some may look at his line in disgust, sometimes with the biased animosity they feel towards Kanye (because of the media) there are folks (his fans) who would buy this shit in a heart beat. There are people in the rap music industry (Asap Rocky) who mingle with DKNY that might like shit like this. What you artistic idiots forget is that it isn’t about the art of the product anymore, but whether it can be sold.

  • Whamo

    Lmao, there is absolutely NOTHING artistic about this line, nothing. What it is is a ridiculous convoluted mess. It’s SO bad pretentious people try and separate themselves from the masses pretending they are so artistically inclined they “get” it and thereby elevating themselves into some sort of special artistic intelligentsia. Take West out of the picture and I guarantee you no one and I mean NO ONE would give this shitpile a second look. West has told people he’s a genius so many times people without any sense of confident intelligence line up and buy into it. The entire fashion industry laughs at this collection, not because it’s from Kanye West but because years of credible knowledge and experience have all come to the same conclusion. It’s universally agreed upon, this collection is a laughable shitshow by a rank amateur that has absolutely no sense of fashion