Kanye West has failed to win over critics with his debut fashion collection after taking to the runway in Paris, France on Saturday night (01Oct11) to unveil his creations.
The rapper has been working on the currently-untitled collection for months and he finally revealed the line at Paris Fashion Week in front of star guests including Lindsay Lohan, Jared Leto, Ciara and famed Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour.
The show started 45 minutes late, but the hip-hop star won rapturous applause when he took his bow after the models had finished their catwalk run.
Ciara later told MTV.com, "It was amazing. The clothes, the feeling in the room, the energy backstage... I loved the pants, the color-blocking and the orange, I loved the fur accessories, I loved the black dresses... There was a lot of attitude. It was strong, sexy... I loved it.... I saw Kanye after, and I told him it was amazing. But there was so much chaos backstage - good chaos, of course. He was excited, and it was just so much good energy."
However, West's collection failed to impress many fashion critics, with Lisa Armstrong of Britain's Daily Telegraph, writing, "Kanye West's fashion debut was like being subjected to an hour long MRI scan - but not as much fun... If this is the way fashion's going then anyone with any real talent should seriously consider a career in (British supermarket chain) Tesco instead."
Meanwhile, Blue Carreon of Forbes magazine writes, "Kanye West’s first fashion collection has been met with tepid, if not harsh, reviews. Before he showed his collection in Paris, many wondered if he could pull a Victoria Beckham and present a collection that would become the toast of the fashion world. Judging from the reviews and the Twitter buzz, Kanye’s debut effort is nowhere near Posh’s, but more in the realm of Jennifer Lopez’s clothing line (insert your own interpretation here)."
New York Times writer, Eric Wilson, concludes, "Mr. West, the rapper, did not disappoint, if only in terms of creating a scene... There was one good-looking pair of color-blocked pants in blue and coral, but it was obvious that most of the clothes suffered from a poor fit."