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Azealia Banks, Kanye West Fashion Show

Azealia Banks performing Feb. 27 in London, and a Twitpic of Kanye West's Fall 2012 Paris Fashion Week invitation.
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Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you to KANYE WEST Runway Show Day. As you might imagine, this is a ginormous event for us all here at MTV Style. We've been counting this fash magic down ever since the last Paris Fashion Week when Yeezy made his ready-to-wear debut. Everyone in the DONDA camp has been tight-lipped about today's fall 2012 show (which is taking place at 9:30 p.m. Paris time, 3:30 p.m. ET), but news has finally (TRIUMPHANTLY) been revealed and we are in serious hyperventilation mode. You guys, Azealia Banks just tweeted a shot of the runway and it's ENORMOUS. Also? She said, "Sound Check at Kanye West Runway Show!!!!" This can only mean one thing—and it's reinforced by the multiple use of exclamation points and all caps—AZEALIA BANKS might possibly be *gasp* PERFORMING!!!! Not that we weren't expecting this already, but the Kanye West show is starting to feel like a spectacular to end all spectaculars.

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Kanye West Shoes

Kanye West at his Spring/Summer 2012 show in Paris on Oct. 1.
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When Kanye West debuted his first-ever spring/summer 2012 collection last fall, there were a few particular pieces that stood out on the runway—mainly those shoes! Kanye collabed with Giuseppe Zanotti to create the pearly stiletto stunners, and it looks like they've been picked up by cool-kid French retailer Colette. They tweeted a pic of the kicks on the shelf at their store, but there's no telling how much these bad boys will cost.



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Kanye West on the front row of the Mark Fast Fall 2012 London Fashion Week show.
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We haven't heard a peep out of Kanye West about the state of his foray into fashion following that epic Twitter rant back in early January, but we have heard that he plans to show again at Paris Fashion Week in the coming weeks. And though we haven't heard about the state of his signature KANYE WEST label, we do know that he seems to be as committed to fashion as ever as evidenced by his shirtless appearance in Vogue celebrating Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci, as well as his support for designer Mark Fast at London Fashion Week. But if there's any new news that trumpets Yeezy's commitment to the garment arts, it's the fact that he designed the shoes for up-and-coming Australian designer Dion Lee's debut show. Also? These shoes are RAD.

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Anna Dello Russo Kanye West

Anna Dello Russo at Alexander McQueen on Oct. 4, and a look from Dw by Kanye West on Oct. 1 at Paris Fashion Week.
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Well, that was fast! Just three days after Kanye West's debut show at Paris Fashion Week, Vogue Japan Editor At Large Anna Dello Russo turned up in one of Ye's ensembles STRAIGHT from the runway—and we mean head to toe. She's wearing a Dw by Kanye West plunging, fitted black dress, "Yeezi" gold nameplate necklace, and THOSE amazing white beaded stilettos. She also wore her hair down and stick straight directly over her chest (perhaps to cover any...slippage? What? Hair doubles as an accessory sometimes.), with minimal makeup and absolutely no other accessories. We kind of love this look on Anna (especially paired with our favorite shoes from the collection!) and find it quite ballsy that she wore this ensemble to an Alexander McQueen show.

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Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and Ciara attend Kanye West's Paris Fashion Week debut.
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As expected, Kanye West's much-anticipated Paris Fashion Week debut compelled the fashion elite to turn out in droves for a first look at the rapper's womenswear collection. From downtown-chic pretty young thangs like Sky Ferreira and The Misshapes' Leigh Lezark to Fashion Week front row mainstays like Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Anna Wintour, and Carine Roitfeld to a veritable laundry list of fellow designers, Kanye's hand-selected guest list only added to the excitement.

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Kanye West Paris Fashion Week

Kanye West Presents 'Dw' womenswear collection at Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2011.
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God. I wonder what Kanye West is feeling right now given that I am deeeeepleted that weeks of wild speculation and rune casting and Google alerting and Twitter/Tumblr stalking has finally come to an end with the unveiling of his first womenswear collection at Paris Fashion Week. He probably feels pretty great. The thing about this show is that opinions will diverge and reviews will run the gamut from effusive to scathing because there is no way to sequester the entire world from the Internet and this man's megafame. Dicey territory from which to judge a show. Plus, nevermind the crazy levels of clout in his front row that draws even more attention.

According to this Associated Press report from the scene, Kanye was nervous, repeating, "I'm so scared," after which he stated that he just wanted to end the "celebrity designer" qualifier.

In attendance were a number of notable bold names--Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, Azzedine Alaia, Olivier Theyskens, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsay Lohan, Terry Richardson, Jared Leto. Ciara, who sat front row and wore a fox fur stole (solidarity?), also told MTV News how much she empathized with the level of scrutiny Kanye was under. "It was definitely one of the most talked-about events [of Paris Fashion Week]," she said. "This doesn't happen every day, and to see someone like Kanye, who aspires to succeed in fashion, to get so much respect and cross over like this, it was monumental. It was an historic moment."

Jeremy Scott who was also prominantly placed mentioned how the collection echoed Kanye's impeccable taste as a student and genuine fan of design.

Kanye West Presents 'Dw' womenswear collection at Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2011.
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To wit: there are definitely echoes of influence throughout. Granted, this was overall, a collection of American sportswear. Clean. Marketable (though we'll know more once we see the pricepoint). And sexy. But there were whispers of Issey Miyake in the delicate pleats (both amorphous and sculpted), hints of Helmut Lang in the stark simplicity and palette but there was nothing that displayed too much of a barrier to entry in terms of silhouettes. We are not talking 1,800 bolts of shantung and 4,300 fish scales for a hat with a veil here.

Kanye West Paris Fashion Week

Kanye West Presents 'Dw' womenswear collection at Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2011.
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Kanye West Spring 2012 Dw Collection

Looks from Kanye West's spring 2012 Dw collection in Paris on Oct. 1.
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After weeks of anticipation, Kanye West's first ever womenswear collection finally debuted today at Paris Fashion Week! We could not wait to see what sort of digs the models would be sporting, so of COURSE we live blogged the whole show as it unfolded before our eyes. From layered white pantsuits to plunging exposed zipper bondage dresses to jaguar rhinestone encrusted jackets, Kanye's spring 2012 "Dw" collection left no corner of womenswear unturned. But don't worry, if you missed the show we've got the EVERY SINGLE look in the photo gallery below! Go ahead, take a peek at his clothes, and let us know what you think.

+ CHECK OUT ALL THE LOOKS FROM KANYE WEST'S SPRING 2012 'DW' COLLECTION HERE!!!

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4:52 pm— Check this out from February.

Kanye West Paris Fashion Week

Kanye West's Spring 2012 fashion show.
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4:51 pm— Do these necklaces say "YEEZI"??? Is THIS what we've been waiting for? Is this the name of the clothing line and this collection is called Dw?

Kanye West Paris Fashion Week

Kanye West's Spring 2012 fashion show.
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4:49 pm— Oh, Kanye backstage with the moddles! All wearing matching nameplate necklaces #BFFs

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Kanye West arrives at Gare du Nord in Paris on Sept. 30.
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Kanye West has officially arrived. Yeezy was spotted leaving the Gare du Nord train station in Paris heading to... well... we don't know where, but we can probably guess it's to a secret studio (or fashion show location!) to work on his highly-anticipated Paris Fashion Week debut collection. For an unveiling that's happening in less than 24 hours, he's looking pretty chill in his bright red blazer, heather gray tee, layered necklaces, black skinny jeans, and high-top sneakers with a plaid shirt tied around his waist (that lends an overall kilt-like appearance that we find to be kinda awesome).

But... who's that dude in the background doing a KILLER yawning photobomb? Well, it's Chris Julian, co-founder of Las Vegas vintage streetwear boutique Fruition (they have an in-house line as well), a spot that Kanye and co. have been super supportive of FOR YEARS. At one point, Chris Julian had been rumored to be consulting for Kanye's now defunct Pastelle sportswear line, talk that was further fueled by Julian showing up at Fashion's Night Out in one of the VERY FEW varsity jackets that the brand produced.

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Invitation to Kanye West's Paris Fashion Week show.
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Guys. It's happened. Invitations to Kanye West's forthcoming Paris Fashion Week debut have OFFICIALLY been dispatched. AAAAAAND on this all caps, sans serif, ELEGANT IN ITS AUSTERITY invite there is so much information to parse. First up, we have the cryptic "Dw" inscription at the tippy top of the invite. While we can't confirm whether this is the name of Ye's line or collection, the chatter around the fash-community seems to favor a rumor that the initials stand for Kanye's mother, Donda West (which for the record, we think is a wonderful homage).

The other MAJOR piece of news we get from this invitation is (FINALLY) the location. The proverbial "X" on the map of Paris that we've all been crazily speculating about FOR WEEKS. Now, we can know for sure where one of this Fashion Week's most-anticipated shows is taking place and GOOGLE MAP IT (because duh).

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