Creating Kanye West's debut collection is an 'excruciating' process, a source has revealed.
Kanye is launching his first collection at Paris Fashion Week next spring. He is manufacturing his womenswear apparel in a massive building, which was formerly legendary London nightclub Turnmills.
Kanye was thought to have been presenting his collection at New York Fashion Week this autumn, but it was confirmed that he had decided to debut in Paris instead. According to the source, Kanye's extreme indecisiveness may be a major factor behind the postponement.
"Kanye was in fairly often (for all the fittings) [he] was very nice and polite and talked knowledgably [sic] about shape etc. but was prone to changing his mind a lot - in fact the whole process was slightly excruciating as there were so many opinions that it took forever to get anything done," a source told Grazia magazine.
Kanye has enlisted help from fashion's academic elite. Pupils attending Central Saint Martin's university in London are putting together the garments. Designers Dean Quinn and Louise Goldin, both of whom attended Central Saint Martin's themselves in the past, are leading the production. Head of department for MA Fashion Louise Wilson is reportedly acting as consultant.
With a solid team behind his vision, Kanye and crew have developed some unconventional designs together. The Orient is a particularly large inspiration for this collection.
"[It is] seemingly based on Samurai, with lots of sporty garments, but in luxury fabrics, with embellishment, embroidery - Japanese stuff - gold chainmail, that sort of sports-luxe thang, and unsurprisingly, lots of hoods, baseball/biker jacket shapes," the source described.
These bold ideas sell for a sizeable price. The lavish pieces are incredibly exclusive.
"[Garments from the collection] will be extraordinarily expensive; some of it is virtually unproduceable," the source said.
Kanye's runway show date for Paris Fashion Week 2012 has not yet been confirmed.
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