Tuesday, July 22, 2008
It was bad enough that I was on vacation and missed Kanye's whole show within a show at Paris Fashion Week at the beginning of the month. According to the LAT, the countdown went like this: Kanye Day 1: front row at Louis Vuitton, kitted out in a teal T-shirt, khakis and a denim jacket accessorized with a Michael Jackson button and a chunky red Lego heart. What appeared to be a silk LV scarf billowed from his back pocket...Day 2, West was wading through the human stew outside Kris Van Assche and Junya Watanabe in a gray notch lapel blazer and red pocket square. On Day 3, the look was brown leather with a crisp black detachable hood and slim-fitting gray dress shirt buttoned up to the chin and a pair of spotless white Vans lace-ups...each day West made a sartorial statement of his own. But none as strong as on Day 4, when he turned out to the Dior Homme show in a zip-front hoodie with shoulder patches and a red-, yellow- and pink-striped hood topped with a shark fin. The hoodie -- and as it turned out, many of the pieces he wore during the week -- were from his own, long-awaited clothing collection, called Pastelle.
If you listen to Kanye's lyrics, then you know about Pastelle; luxe fashion and Kanye is bound to happen, it's just a matter of when.
But there's more. Last night I was catching up with a few of my favorite blogs and I came across a spread on Kanye's home in L.A. I did a little research and had to share because as maximalist as is may be in certain respects, it is also restrained in a way that takes it out of the realm of the MTV Cribs league. According to Interior Design Magazine: "Kanye studied fine art at American Academy of Art in Chicago on scholarship. He collects pop art. And he absolutely adores design." The photos below are courtesy InteriorDesign.net.
French walnut floors gleam beneath a painted bronze sculpture of a Hermes shopping bag by Jonathan Sigler, a pair of 19th century carved wood architectural pieces and stacked Louis Vuitton trunks in the background.
Kanye hired Desiderada design principal Don Stewart to help him renovate his house. The project took almost three years and according to Stewart, Kanye wanted his house to be a cross between a museum and a Louis Vuitton boutique.
The backlit square shaped piece on the wall is Kanye's kitchen cabinet. The island, designed by Norbert Wangen features a sliding stainless steel top that conceals a cooktop and sink. A Lolli e Memmoli chandelier hangs above.
Prints from Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can series hang in Kanye's kitchen. A vintage Louis Vuitton trunk from the 1870s sits underneath.
The 6' skull painting is by Murakami. "In the past year and a half, I've been stepping up my relationship with Murakami," West says.
Kanye commissioned a painting from Ernie Barnes after his near-death accident. Fully recovered, West decided that his new dining room's ceiling called for a Michelangelo moment.
Barnes's created a celebration of life for Kanye: A Life Restored, replete with a kneeling West and a lifeless body being carried by angels, symbolizing Kanye's miraculous recovery from a nearly fatal car crash in 2002. Below, an oak-veneered Marcel Wanders table is surrounded by slim cream-colored chairs and a Mariano Fortuny iconic floor lamp stands in the corner.
Next Kanye commissioned a series of six Jetsons "portraits," by Burton Morris to accompany the game room's chair of stuffed animals by Fernando and Humberto Campana and Smurf-blue Igloo chair by Eero Koivisto.
In Kanye's office, a leather Eames swivel chair sits behind Maurice Calka's boomerang desk and a Russell Young silk screen is propped against the wall. A snarky blogger wrote that this is the room that Kanye probably uses to sit and googles himself. Sorry, but I love this room and would happily sit and google myself and then take a nice nap on those Murakami flower pillows...
The bedroom features a bed by Antonio Citterio with red-fox and chinchilla throws and Ingo Maurer lamps.
A 250-gallon aquarium filled with black moor and chocolate Oranda goldfish and a crystal chandelier sets off the glam creamy travertine.
Across the bathroom, a chair by Peter Kapff covered in embossed leather and a petrified-wood side table.
Who wouldn't bow down before 8-foot-high sliding racks for almost 200 pairs of kicks? Yes, he's over the top sometimes, and I like that. In fact, the more I find out about Kanye West, the more I like him. Hope you enjoyed!