Last week in Paris, Kanye West unleashed his first line of womenswear. It received mixed reviews , with critics harping on the poor fittings and messily dreamed-up designs. Mr. West was unfazed, and defended his choices in an extended rant at Club Silencio, David Lynch’s oddball foray into nightlife locales. “This is my first collection,” he said, according to a WWD report. “Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s—. I don’t f— with celebrities.”
Now he’s headed back to the runway, but this time he’ll be doling out lyrics instead of looks. Kanye West will be among the performers at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will fill the 69th Street Armory with floats, feathers, frills and other fancy pretty things November 9. The company announced the lineup on its website today.
Maroon 5 will perform as well. That band’s lead singer, Adam Levine, is dating Anne Vyalitsyna, one of the lingerie line’s go-to models.
Mr. West is a comically appropriate choice. He’ll be surrounded by the cinema-scope opulence he thrives in. His love for Victoria’s Secret models is one of the few constants in his wildly oscillating career trajectory. When he was on Twitter, he only followed Victoria’s Secret models. And apparently, he’s dating one, Chanel Iman. She is twenty years old.
The Observer attended the show last year. Here’s a taste of what it was like.
The highlights were extensive and hard to pick out, or even distinguish, from the entirety of the show. The Victoria’s Secret models came out dressed like sailors, peacocks, cowgirls, Nascar pit crews, boxers, Amazon princesses and their natural angel garb — all while managing to wear basically nothing at all, of course. The country club scenery featured Aryan clones sculpted like Greek statues, while jungle scenery featured dark-skinned men with face paint dancing with arms akimbo. The closest the thing came to understatement was when the models just wore underwear.
We don’t think anyone will doubt the fittings on this occasion.
For those unable to see the spectacle live, it will air November 29, at 10:00 pm, on CBS.