Kanye West showed his first collection on an all-star cast of (very very white!) models this weekend in Paris. (Okay, fine, there were two black models, but seriously, Ye?) The front row was stocked with some of the designers whose shows Kanye himself has attended for years, including Jeremy Scott, Joseph Altuzarra, Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander Wang, Dan and Dean Caten of DSquared2, and the Olsen twins. Editors, photographers, and celebrities (Ciara! Lindsay Lohan! Terry Richardson!) rounded out the pack.
There were a lot of looks that were so thick with embellishments they looked as if they could have stood up independently. The collection wasn't exactly the samurai-inspired "sports-luxe thang" we had been promised. And the fashion press's pushback has been swift and ferocious. "I think that every one of the designers sitting in the front row at Kanye West must have had a deja vue [sic] moment at some point during the show," Tweeted the International Herald-Tribune's Jessica Michault.