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Friday, February 20, 2015

Kelly Cutrone: Kanye West ‘is a joke as a fashion designer

I can’t believe we’re STILL talking about Kanye West’s NYFW Adidas show
from last week. But that is (legitimately) the genius of Kanye West:
he’s usually the most interesting person in a dull world. Yes, he’s
crazy. Yes, he’s a delusional megalomaniac.
But still… we’re talking about him. Even people who think he’s a
fashion fraud are still talking about him. Take Kelly Cutrone, the
famous fashion publicist and judge on ANTM. Cutrone has a hate-on for Kanye and Kim Kardashian. Last year, she told the NYDN that there’s no one “who really works in the fashion industry who gives a flying f— about Kanye West.” She said that Kim and Kanye “have no influence in the fashion world whatsoever.” Cutrone was telling Hard Truths and most of you loved it. Now she’s back with her thoughts on Kanye’s Adidas show:

wenn4085686Kelly Cutrone, founder of fashion public relations firm
People’s Revolution, didn’t hold back her opinions when it came to the
rapper’s latest collaboration. “I’m not into his fashion thing,” she
told PEOPLE Now. “I think he’s fine as a rapper. I think he’s a joke as a
fashion designer.”

When asked if she at least liked the shoes in the line, Cutrone
answered bluntly, “I mean, it’s not, he’s not legit. Have you seen the
product?” she said. “Didn’t he have his own line in London, which was a
disaster that he spent $10 million to do, that no one wore?”

The fashion publicist goes on to explain exactly why she thinks the
rapper should stay in the music industry and leave the designing to the
professionals. “I just think that you should stay focused at what you’re
good at. Just because you’re a good rapper doesn’t mean you’re going to
be a good fashion designer,” she told PEOPLE. “I mean, we’ve seen that
over and over. Sean John is a really successful line, but you know, no
one in the fashion industry is waking up and going, ‘Hey did you get
that … did you like, trade up your Moncler for your Sean John?’ No.
Nobody’s saying that.”
[From People]

Eh. I enjoy some Goop-esque snobbery as much as the next blogger,
but I do think Cutrone is being unfair… to Sean John!! Sean John is a
huge label and go-to sportswear/lifestyle for a lot of people.
Sportswear is a multi-billion dollar industry, and maybe the real snobs
should sniff their noses at the stupid couture lines that only get worn
by 22-year-old, white, size-2 ingénues who get to borrow it (not buy
it). But yeah, Cutrone’s words about Kanye… very interesting.

Incidentally, I mentioned in some of my previous coverage of Kanye’s
line that it looked like some of the runway models were wearing
bulletproof vests. Turns out, I was right. Kanye designed some
kevlar-like vests for the Adidas line. Fashion + social commentary?
And he made a toddler-sized one for North too.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Kim’s Instagram.

Cele|bitchy | Kelly Cutrone: Kanye West ‘is a joke as a fashion designer, he’s not legit’

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