The newest Kanye x A.P.C. collection.
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Yeezy season is truly approaching, y'all! Kanye West and A.P.C.'s long-awaited second collection finally got its release date and it's soon—like July 17 soon. Back in January, we got the first look at 'Ye's much more developed, military-inspired followup for the French basics brand. If you're already familiar with how (artistically) unpredictable Kanye is, it won't come as a shock that he made a ton of changes to the collection, adding and dropping pieces, right up until the last minute. "What happened at the end is exactly what he does to his own records," A.P.C.'s Jean Touitou told Style.com. "So I didn’t take it personally—like when it’s something he makes, and ten days before it drops, and then he wants to start from scratch."
That's ~Professor~ West to you.
What comes to mind when you think about community service? Volunteering at a homeless shelter? Putting in time at a food pantry? Collecting trash on the side of a highway? According to TMZ, Kanye West has been knocking out his court-ordered service hours by...teaching a fashion class at a local Los Angeles college (continuing to prove that he's not like you and me).
Yesterday North West (aka #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTBABY) had her first birthday, and it looks like she's already taking after her dad in the fashion department. Not that we're surprised: North's ever-expanding wardrobe has been stocked with designer duds since she was only a few months old thanks to all of Kanye's designer friends. But this Father's Day, which coincided with her birthday, North showed off a new side of her steez that was less fancy and more functional. Kim Instagrammed North napping alongside Kanye in a cozy heather gray tee that matched her dad's, making our collective hearts melt. We still haven't gotten over how utterly adorable the photo is, but anytime there's matching, our brains automatically flips the "Who wore it better?" switch.
Happy Birthday, Ye! Photo: Splash News
Today is Kanye West’s birthday, y’all! Judging by how epic his wedding was, we doubt Kanye will be skimping on the celebration for his his 37th year. Last year’s party guests included Beyonce, Jay Z, and Nas. While there’s no point in even trying to speculate how it will go down and what he will wear–with all of his designer friends, the possibilities are endless–we can say with relative confidence that there will be ice cream. Even if you haven’t obsessively followed photo trails of Kanye’s whereabouts over the years, surely you’ve seen the photo-turned-meme of 'Ye looking at his happiest while enjoying an ice cream cone. So, to help celebrate Kanye’s birthday, even if you don’t make this year’s uber-exclusive guest list, we rounded up some of the best ice cream-themed clothing online that you can wear in spirit. You don’t need Red Octobers to show your love for Yeezy.
If you’re lactose intolerant, maybe ease into showing your Yeezy pride with these subtle ankle socks. We wouldn’t want the temptation to be too strong—but these still send a message. Plus, priced at only $1.50, the commitment is low.
If College Dropout-era Kanye is your favorite, this Ben & Jerry's ice sweatshirt is perfect for you. Back in those days, Kanye was all about maximalism–the more logos the better. One of his first press images was of him carrying a Louis Vuitton backpack, so he definitely would have approved of this brand-centric sweatshirt. Nowadays, 'Ye’s all about minimalism.
Bowie's done it. Little Richard's done it. Kurt Cobain, too. Glam rock was essentially built on dudes pushing boundaries in clothing, hairstyles, and yes, even makeup more typical of the female set, and that, in turn, influenced other genres like shock rock, hair metal, new romanticism, and goth, to name a few. Gender-bending style has long been the provenance of rock and rollers, played mostly for either laughs or simply to shock the normies, but these days, you're slightly more likely to see a rapper in womenswear.
Rap, much like heavy metal, is a historically hyper-masculine genre of music, so it's refreshing to see men in the hip-hop industry wear clothing that isn't gender-specific simply because (a) they like it and (b) do you really need another reason? Let's take a look at our favorite MCs bucking conventional clothing stereotypes.
Jay-Z in New York on June 4, and the same jersey on Shopbop.
Photo: Splash News/ Shopbop
Jay Z was spotted in a Rodarte jersey in New York while hanging out with the Queen Bey herself. Fairly innocuous right? It looks just like a football jersey, but it's from a line best known for its ability to blend esoteric themes of "prettiness" with unconventional subject matters like Japanese horror movies (see: the Fall 2008 collection). As it stands, you can purchase it on Shopbop for $405. You could have worse role models than the Jigga Man.
Let's commemorate this event the right way.
Photo: Getty Images/Def Jam Records/Photoshop: Caitlin Morton
How are y'all handling this weekend? No, I'm not talking about Memorial Day sales and barbecues. I'm talking about THE KIMYE WEDDING! We can't remember any nuptials drawing this much attention since Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot back in 2011. Let's face it—Kim and Kanye's big day is about as close to a royal wedding as Americans will ever get and it can't be a ~true~ royal wedding without official commemorative plates. While there are no plates out yet, we had to crack Photoshop open to scratch this itch. So while you can't buy these yet (though, Home Shopping Network, give us a call!), we can still all bask in their JPEG glory together.
So we've received scant information about the #worldsmosttalkedaboutwedding, which is only just a day away. I know this because it's saved on my Google Calendar. Sure, we've seen their shopping spree in Paris, but what does it mean? The West and Kardashian camps have been keeping everything under wraps, except for the location of their wedding (presumably at Belvedere Fort in Florence, unless that's another fake-out as well). Ayyyy Yeezy, how we gonna talk about if you don't give us some deets? Like Sway, we ain't got the answers! Until now, that is.
We here at MTV Style HQ have discovered pages from what we're assuming is Kanye's Secret Sketchbook. I mean, dude looks like the type of dude to own a moleskin right? Let's take a look!
Art: Kanye's Secret Sketchbook.
Right off the bat, you can see 'Ye debating between a couple of groom's looks. A suit and cape with black Timberlands? Bold move, and not entirely unexpected given his style oeuvre. There's also a close-up detail with Kanye highlighting exotic leathers like eel and ostrich for his lapels and tuxedo, which is a continuation of the his love of leathers from his first leather jacket down to his leather jogging pants. What's interesting is that this might've been sketched when Versailles was still the final destination of the wedding. Here's a sketch of Kanye dressed as a 16th-century French courtier with one can only assume are Freddy loafers and face-blocking shades. And as always, 'Ye is pushing envelopes and envelopes–who knows if the black hoods from his "Black Skinhead" performances will make an appearance or not.
The couple that conceals their faces together stays together.
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Right on the heels of Jay Z and Beyonce releasing "Run," photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were snapped before heading to the gym for a pre-wedding workout. Kimye were caught wearing matching bandanas, in addition to a decidedly lowkey outfit for Ye: a gray hooded sweatshirt, cropped sweatpants, tights, and Nikes. Kim, was also wearing tights + a hoodie and a swagged-out leather "Yeezy" jacket. It appears that remaining inconspicuous was not a chief concern. One can only assume they were listening to Ye's "The New Workout Plan."
Meanwhile, hip-hop's premier royal couple stepped out in matching balaclavas in their never-to-be-released film "Run." She with a white blazer, lacy bra top, and trousers; he in a white crewneck tee, blazer, and pants.
Excuse my French, but I'm in France...and these ain't the real Red Octobers.
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Picture this: You're a huge fan of Kanye West, and you're in Paris the week before his much-anticipated wedding to Kim Kardashian. You catch wind of where he might be in the next few hours, grab the prized Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers you dropped a lot of coin for on eBay, and head over to the spot in hopes of catching his eye. You actually see Kimye and get RIGHT IN THERE. This is your moment. You're gonna get Yeezy to sign your Yeezys. You make eye contact, present your beloved scarlet kicks and a Sharpie, and Ye obliges with a massive grin. THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. And then he tells you they're fake. *screeeeeeeeching brakes* WHAT?!?!?!??
Are Kanye's new shoes dropping in June?
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If you were awake for, like, half of last year, you’ll know that Kanye West has a lot of grievances with the fashion industry. Ye’s been airing out his issues for quite some time on the Yeezus tour, radio interviews, television, Twitter—you name it, he's covered it. Well, those fashion monologues eventually led to Kanye breaking off his relationship with Nike, who was at the center of much of his wrath after they kept pushing back the release date of the hotly anticipated Red Octobers (which surprise-dropped in February), and Adidas swooped in, offering Kanye a reported $10-million contract and the chance to design his own line for the sports brand.
Today in Germany, where Adidas is based, Kanye hosted a pep rally of sorts for the company, performing, monologuing, and revealing that—get excited—there’s a new Yeezy coming in June (whether that means we'll be able to get our hands on them then or if that's the timing of our first look is still unclear). Rather than the fired-up tone of his so-called "rants," Ye leaned more toward motivational speaker for this appearance. In his presentation, he shared on everything from sketching shoes in the fourth grade to how ranting is his oxygen and how he just wants to make “usable art.” Here are the best Yeezy-isms from his Adidas presentation.