Breaking: Kanye-Vuitton sneaker collab makes Paris runway debut
Ten-time Grammy winning rapper, producer and aspiring fashion designer Kanye West made a surprise runway debut in Paris an hour and a half ago, when sneakers from his creative collaboration with Louis Vuitton made an exclusive showing during Vuitton's menswear show here.
West, who has referred to himself as "the Louis Vuitton don" in songs, has been a frequent fixture at Vuitton shows, and this afternoon was sitting front row with a Cheshire cat grin, snapping pictures of the crowd, the clothes and especially the red leather and suede calfskin sneakers embossed with a subtle LV monogram along the edge.
"Overwhelming," was how West described his feelings at seeing his handiwork on the Vuitton runway. "I've wanted to be a fashion designer my entire life," he told me. "And to see my stuff in the Vuitton show was something else. It was a dream come true."
"And the way those guys were styled -- they were dressed better than me!" he said, looking down at his own ensemble of slightly faded jeans, white shirt, navy blue jacket with white contrast taping at the lapels and cuffs, and a long knit scarf that perfectly matched the shoes.
The show featured only a single style of sneaker from the collaboration, which rolls out to Louis Vuitton stores in June 2009.
Runway shots of the Kanye West kicks will be posted as they are available.
The first of two looks featuring the sneakers has been posted above.
-- Adam Tschorn
Top photo: Kanye West's Louis Vuitton sneakers on the runway during Paris men's fashion week. Photo by Jonas Gustavsson Bottom photo: Rapper-designer Kanye West, in the shoes he designed for Louis Vuitton, takes media questions from his seat at the show today. Credit: Adam Tschorn