I said earlier this week that Tim Gunn would be my dream husband in my dream marriage of convenience. We’re just so well-suited for each other, or so I would imagine. He would help me shop for flattering clothes and I would explain the plot and fan-theories of Game of Thrones. And even better than that, we would gossip together. I would do my thing, and call out to him, “Come here and look at the photos from Kanye West’s latest Yeezy Collection.” And Tim would put down his needlepoint and come to the computer, adjusting his glasses as he leaned over me. “My God,” he would sigh. “Kanye West is a disaster!” You see, Tim Gunn has a long history of hating on all things Kardashian-West. And he still hates everything about them! This is what he told Access Hollywood about the Yeezy collection:
“I’m totally perplexed about why the fashion industry has not looked at these, frankly, dumb, basic clothes and cried ‘hoax.’ Kanye West is a sphinx without a riddle. I just don’t understand why people are so in awe. [The models in the show were] basically wearing stretch undergarments. I think the only thing dumber than these clothes would be the people who would buy these clothes.”
For what it’s worth, people ARE buying the Yeezy + Adidas collection. Adidas is pleased with the sales, so much so that they invested more money into the collaboration and they’re putting the collection into more stores. The Yeezy-brand shoes in particular are bestsellers. While I don’t want to contradict my poor, suffering, mercurial fantasy husband, I do think that Tim sounds a little bit out of touch with what “the kids” want to wear? Yes, I think a lot of the Yeezy-wear is basic too, but if it sells, it sells. That was the argument Tim Gunn made for designers expanding into plus-sized clothing too – he argued that the designers brave enough to venture into plus-sized clothing see an improvement in sales, and the bottom line doesn’t lie. Why can’t that be expanded to Kanye’s urban-wear? If Adidas is willing to take a chance on Yeezy and it sells, how is that a “bad” thing?
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN.