Paris Fashion Week: Kanye West makes his mud-splattered runway debut at Balenciaga

Kanye West, who now goes by the name Ye, wears many hats – rapper, songwriter and fashion designer. But he appears to have added another feather to his cap after making his runway debut for luxury fashion house Balenciaga during Paris Fashion Week on Sunday.

The rapper looked enigmatic, as always, as he descended the muddy ramp in a black hoodie paired with a bulky military-style jacket with the word “safety” written across the left chest, leather pants and a cap baseball, on which he pulled the hood. The rapper’s outfit and personality channeled the dystopian aesthetic, which the brand was trying to showcase, down to a T.

Explaining the inspiration behind the mud-splattered circular track, Balenciaga Creative director Demna Gvasalia explained in the show’s note that it was “a metaphor for seeking the truth and being down-to-earth”.

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In her “show message,” shared on Instagram, Demna wrote, “I hate boxes and I hate tags and I hate being tagged and put in a box… Fashion loves boxes and tags more than anything. Putting luxury fashion in the box of the polished, exclusive and expensive visually is limited and rather old school. Individualism in fashion is downgraded to pseudo-trends dictated by a post in the stories of a celebrity of the moment.

“I decided to no longer explain my collections and verbalize my creations, but to express a state of mind”, added Demna. “Fashion is a visual art and all we need is for it to be seen through someone’s eyes,” he added, pointing out that fashion doesn’t need explained to be sold – “whether you like it or not”.

“Let everyone be anyone and make love not war,” he added.

The invitation to the show came in the form of a battered wallet stuffed with cards, coins and receipts, according to the Guardian. As expected, it was a star-studded affair both on and off the ramp, with celebrities like Kylie JennerChristine Quinn, Doja Cat and Alexa Demie present.

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