It didn’t take long for the guests crowding Balenciaga’s mucky Paris showroom to recognise that walk. Ye launched a show that was focused on individualism by stomping down the brand’s sludge-spattered runway in the Parc des Expositions while sporting leathers and a game face that could compete with any model.
The mysterious rapper and Demna collaborator, once known as Kanye West but now going by just Ye, was in classic paparazzi-dodging mode with his cap pulled low and his hood up. He reflected the brand’s new mission to distance itself from the labels that the business so dearly loves to utilise, dressed in an all-black ensemble that resembled motocross meets military separates.
In his press notes, Demna stated, “I’ve decided to no longer explain my collections and verbalise my designs, but to communicate a state of mind.” Fashion is a form of visual art, and all that is required is for it to be perceived through someone else’s eyes. He believed that fashion should not require an explanation to be successful, similar to any other creative outlet: “You either like it or not.”
What about the grime on Ye’s boring boots? I’m so glad he didn’t have on the crystal flip-flops! The set served as a metaphor for searching for the truth and being realistic. Demna remarked, “Let’s let everyone be themselves and let’s make love, not war. This is appropriate for West, who just gave the Kardashian-Jenner family an olive branch by changing his Instagram profile photo to include Kris Jenner, the family’s matriarch and mom.