Kanye West Says He Lost Friends After Dating Kim KardashianPublished on February 17, 2015.
Kanye West, 37, is known for a lot of things. First and foremost he is a rapper but he is also known as the husband of reality star Kim Kardashian and is now making a name for himself in the fashion industry. And while Kim is a huge part of his fashion work, it turns out his relationship with her is what hindered his career in fashion in the first place.
West recently revealed his brand new Adidas collection at New York Fashion Week on Thursday February 12 amidst much anticipation surrounding the line. And while headlines included his wife and their baby in the front row alongside several other A-listers, his first attempts at entering the fashion world did not go the same way.
In a candid interview with Style.com, West said that when his first two collections did not receive a warm reception and essentially failed back in 2011/2012 it partially had to do with Kim.
“She was always my muse, now she’s becoming other designers’ muses. […] I guess I got a little more credit for my second collection than my first, for whatever that is worth. But soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars. And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it on me.”
While that reaction from so-called “friends” would be enough to stop some people, West used it as an opportunity to learn and grow both in fashion and with Kim and come back with something stronger.
“The so-called traction that I was getting in the high-fashion world was completely thrown out the window and I was finally allowed to go to school, where every day I was in my mom [Kris Jenner’s] house, in my little brother’s old room, Rob’s old room, re-tailoring a Celine skirt, re-tailoring a Saint Laurent jacket, re-tailoring a Zara top, re-tailoring Wolford….And day by day by day, [Kim and I] learned. We looked at the photographs together and she improved my style, we improve each other.”
He went on to explain that he has always been interested and passionate about fashion and it has allowed him to voice his very strong opinions in another way.
“It had all been smoke and mirrors to present this concept that a straight black guy out of Chicago that’s a rapper, that’s married to a reality star, could somehow not design a coat, that can’t design a T-shirt, that can’t have enough of an opinion. You know, it’s like voting. Fashion is merely an opinion. And I’ve got a lot of opinions.”