Kanye West reflects on Paris: ‘I went to spread the Holy Spirit, that’s my job’
A fashionably late Kanye West brought his church orchestra and Yeezy Season 8 to Paris Fashion Week and boy was it a spectacle.
Yeezy Season 8 steals the show at Paris Fashion Week
After all, everything the West family does leaves a trail of glitter and confetti. This was the atmosphere in the majestic French city dubbed the fashion capital of the world.
On Thursday, between Off-White and Rick Owens’ womenswear display, the West family touched down in Paris.
According to Christopher Morency from High Snobiety, exclusive invites to Sunday Service were issued to the circle of Kanye West friends, international fashion editors and buyers, on Friday, marking the start of what would be dubbed the dominance of Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week.
Everyone wanted in, if not for the sake of rubbing shoulders with the industry’s elite, then for a peek into the threadwork of the Yeezy Season 8 garments, crafted in Cody, Wyoming.
The runway show took place at the Espace Niemeyer, the home of the French Communist Party — designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Kanye West reacts to Season 8 acclaim
Coming out of his shell more than two years since the last runway show, Yeezy Season 8 was received well. The added incentive of North West’s debut on-stage performance of child star ZaZa’s What It Do was the perfect ending to a West family presentation.
Speaking to reporters, Kanye West confirmed that there will be other iterations of what was on display.
“It’s already produced, because the idea is there. [But] yes, there will be a reproduction [of the collection]. I like that exercise, also. People talk about mass scale. There are 8 billion people on the planet, so what is mass? Whether this gets as big as the Gap does when I was younger or it’s one, it’s closer to that one than it is to that 8 billion,” he said.
He also revealed that much of the exciting part about this creative process is experimenting.
“The wool will be [from the sheep on my ranch]. We’re just looking at different ways to approach things. 90% of this collection is muslin in its original fabric. We’ve been looking at how we can create a suede effect or how we can dye it. This is all experimental. Each one of the pieces here is in its infant stage. They’re all new inventions and new approaches to apparel. Now I’m looking at them and thinking, where I can take them with their colours and forms,” he added.
In all the praise he has received this past week, Mr West still contained himself with his newly found humble outlook on his successes. He told reporters that ultimately, his works are influenced by his divine call “to spread the Holy Spirit.”
“Now that I’m married, now that I have two daughters, now that I’m saved, I think about the way I use the clothes and the way I present the models, [and] it’s a whole different mentality to have,” he said.