And the editors speak. They're talking about Kanye West's debut collection, and some aren't too kind. In his article, "Kanye West, Designer (Yawn)" Eric Wilson, the New York Times fashion columnist, documents the backlash. Some of the key points....
Long Nguyen, editor of Flaunt magazine: "There are wishes, and there are realities ... I feel bad, actually, that there wasn’t anything to grab on to. But you can’t just dump some fox fur on a runway and call it luxury."
Eric Wilson: Kanye displayed an "utter lack of self-awareness." [Other interesting bits from Wilson's article: "Ms. Lohan almost single-handedly destroyed a French ready-to-wear label during a single season, as artistic adviser to Emanuel Ungaro two years ago. You wonder if Mr. West knows the difference."]
Lisa Armstrong, Telegraph fashion editor: "Kanye West's fashion debut was like being subjected to an hour long MRI scan—but not as much fun."
Meenal Mistry, Style.com contributor, via twitter: "To quote my wise former boss Bridget Foley: I sit in chairs, but it doesn't mean I can be a furniture designer."
Anna Wintour: "Ask someone else."
Others seem to be more forgiving...
Carine Roitfeld: "It was not all that bad... I’m sure he knows what he did wrong and what he did right ... He tried hard, and he wants to learn."
Joe Zee: "If you get it all right on the first shot, where do you go from there?" Zee was not at the show. [Also, humorously enough, Zee approached West at the Celine show to congratulate him. Apparently Kanye went off on a lengthy and loud rant about how he wasn't too fond of people criticizing his use of fur in a S/S collection. “All I said was congratulations. I wasn’t even there,” Zee said afterward.]
Industry insiders think Kanye will get a second chance, maybe only because he is such a high profile celebrity.