Four-pins recently wrote an article about the struggles straight men (Kanye West in particular) face to enter the fashion industry versus women. Women have been sartorially breaking way for decades while the men who attempt to make their name receive little to no recognition, Kanye West being one of them. Yes, there are many reputable men designers (a majority of them are gay), but most of them joined the industry before it became known as a 'circus'. West spent countless amounts of his own money, studied under fashion insiders in Paris and created a now defunct men's clothing line (Pastel) and full women's collection (DW by Kanye West). Yet he has still been unable to fully break into the industry (HE BROUGHT THE LEATHER JOGGING PANT TO FENDI 5 YEARS AGO AND NO ONE LISTENED. Kanye lamented this statement in one of his many radio interview rants over the last year). His only real success has been recent collaborations with the reputable French brand, A.P.C. This is where Kim comes in. When they first began dating he allegedly paid for her to get rid of her entire closet-- wrap dresses, sky high Louboutin's and all-- and replaced it with clothes and accessories curated by himself. This is when Kimye was born. The transformation got off to a rough start last spring at the Met Gala when Kim arrived in a floral Givenchy dress many deemed 'looked like a couch' (I loved it, just maybe not while pregnant). Since then she has been seen wearing 'insider pieces' including coveted designs by the likes of Celine, Max Mara, Tom Ford, Alexander Wang, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Dior. Her style went from the 'basic bitch' (girl trying to be stylish) to polished and clean featuring standout pieces that fashion industry royals could not even get their hands on. This was Wests goal. As Four-pins states, "The recipe for a women to gain acceptance in the fashion world is simple: Know pieces and get photographed wearing them." It has also been rumoured that Kanye's persistent attempts to get Kim on the cover of Vogue have finally broken Anna Wintour down (according to gossip sites they have started shooting in L.A. last week).
West is aware of these acceptance rituals. He styles her on the daily--and she wants that (hey, I would too)! As Four-pins says, it seems that Kim's end goal is to be 'luxury-famous' not 'normal-famous' and West wants to be a designer.
What do you think? Is the fashion industry gender bias? Is Kanye using Kim to become a fashion insider?
Check out the full article at Four-Pins.