Kanye West determined to design the ‘perfect’ hoodie

Kanye West is on a quest to create the “perfect” hoodie for his Yeezy brand.In a cover story for The Wall Street Journal Magazine’s April 2020 issue, the rapper discussed the popularity of his fashion collaboration with designers at German sportswear g…

Kanye West is on a quest to create the “perfect” hoodie for his Yeezy brand.

In a cover story for The Wall Street Journal Magazine’s April 2020 issue, the rapper discussed the popularity of his fashion collaboration with designers at German sportswear giant Adidas, which was first launched in 2015.

While Yeezy is well known for its Yeezy Boost sneaker line, Kanye revealed he has now turned his attention to hooded sweatshirts.

“The hoodie is arguably the most important piece of apparel of the last decade,” he stated to the publication, before noting that his “perfect” design will be made from a neutral coloured fabric such as flax or dusty stone, “slightly cropped at the waist”, and be as “heavy as a winter coat”.

Kanye would ideally also like the garment to retail at around $60 (£51) and be available to be purchased from major retailers across the U.S.

“I like Costco as an idea. I like Walmart, too,” the 42-year-old commented, going on to explain that he sees Yeezy becoming a market leader around the world. “I believe that Yeezy is the McDonald’s and the Apple of apparel. In order to make the Apple of apparel the next Gap, it has to be a new invention. To invent something that’s so good that you don’t even get credit for it because it’s the norm.”

The vision of the perfect hoodie came to Kanye in July last year, and he has been pursuing it ever since. Workshopping ideas with fashion heavy hitters including Laurence Chandler, designer at Rochambeau, and Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel, the Stronger hitmaker soon began creating prototypes and samples.

However, Kanye has since became distracted by other projects, including a vest design, and a last-minute show held as part of Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.

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Kim Kardashian almost pulled muscle getting into skin-tight Balmain suit

Kim Kardashian almost injured herself while trying to get into a skin-tight Balmain suit earlier this month.The 39-year-old wore the honey-coloured custom outfit, sent to her straight from the French label’s autumn/winter 2020 collection by creative di…

Kim Kardashian almost injured herself while trying to get into a skin-tight Balmain suit earlier this month.

The 39-year-old wore the honey-coloured custom outfit, sent to her straight from the French label’s autumn/winter 2020 collection by creative director Olivier Rousteing, to attend her husband Kanye West’s Sunday Service during Paris Fashion Week.

But in a preview of an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, fans got a behind-the-scenes look at Kim’s struggle to get into the designer ensemble.

In the clip, older sister Kourtney Kardashian, who rocked a matching burgundy Latex Balmain suit, is seen standing in the background of a hotel suite while the mother-of-four has the help of two assistants to squeeze into the outfit.

“S**t, it’s stuck to my skin,” she said while pulling at the sleeve of the suit. “I literally feel like I pulled a muscle in my shoulder. This is f**king fashion week.”

“Who goes to church in Latex?” Kourtney joked, before Kim responded, “We do!”

An assistant then tried to pull the outfit over her leg while another held her long ponytail out of the way. And while wrestling her arms into the matching Latex gloves, the TV personality revealed that she may have pulled a muscle in her shoulder.

“You guys, I now need the coat with the gloves, I’m gonna be fully boxed in,” she told her team.

Kim and Kourtney then discussed how they’ll go to the bathroom while wearing the body-skimming outfits, with the Poosh founder confessing: “I’m gonna hold it.”

Hairstylist Chris Appleton appears in the footage too, having been tasked with sewing the “matching Latex hair tie” into Kim’s ponytail.

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North West steals spotlight at Kanye West’s Yeezy fashion show

North West stole the limelight by performing a rap during her father Kanye West’s Yeezy show on Monday.The six-year-old made her musical debut during the presentation, held at the Espace Oscar Niemeyer venue as part of Paris Fashion Week. Kanye joined…

North West stole the limelight by performing a rap during her father Kanye West’s Yeezy show on Monday.

The six-year-old made her musical debut during the presentation, held at the Espace Oscar Niemeyer venue as part of Paris Fashion Week.

Kanye joined North onstage halfway through her rap solo and smiled proudly as she confidently performed to the star-studded audience while wearing a custom-made Yeezy bright fuchsia padded gilet.

“I will never do bad things / Walk to the street / What are those / I have new shoes, they’re really cute,” she adorably stated to the crowd.

Mum Kim Kardashian was perched front row at the extravagant show, alongside Kourtney Kardashian and her seven-year-old daughter Penelope, and shared a series of videos of her eldest child’s performance on her Instagram Stories.

“I’m so proud of my Northie!!!!! Her 1st performance had me in tears! She had an impromptu performance on stage at her dad’s Yeezy Season 8 fashion show! Shout out to @zazathecreator, North hopes you like the remix!!!” the 39-year-old wrote, noting that North’s rap was a riff on five-year-old rapper ZaZa’s track What I Do.

Kanye’s latest Yeezy collection, his eighth for the label, featured a line-up of monochromatic designs as well as a preview of the highly anticipated Adidas Yeezy 451 sneakers, which are expected to launch later this year.

Kim was also spotted wearing designs straight from the runway, including an oversized suede beige coat, nude bralette, and grey textured trousers.

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Balenciaga confronts climate change with fall 20 show

Balenciaga has tackled the topic of climate change with its fall/winter 2020 show.Creative director Demna Gvasalia unveiled his latest line for the luxury fashion label as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of Bella Hadid, Kourtney Ka…

Balenciaga has tackled the topic of climate change with its fall/winter 2020 show.

Creative director Demna Gvasalia unveiled his latest line for the luxury fashion label as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West all in attendance.

However, none of the celebrities were perched on the front row, as the Georgian designer looked to confront the climate crisis by having the show space transformed into a post-apocalyptic scene complete with flooded runway and LED screens on the roof depicting dramatic storms.

Merging a variety of references, the show opened with a parade of 14 models sporting head-to-toe black outfits, with many of them wearing long capes.

“The austerity of clerical garb and court robes are interpreted for casual wear. Classical traditions, hardcore aesthetics, and fetishised details are combined and rearranged, mixing business with pleasure,” Gvasalia explained in the show notes. “Neo-gothic dressing looks back and forward at the possibilities of menswear, layering floor-length skirts and caped coats.”

Elsewhere, the designer included deconstructed shirts and pleated skirts, leather trench coats, floral print dresses, PVC coat dresses, motocross suits, and dresses with exaggerated pagoda shoulders and upright collars.

Gvasalia also had fun with logos, introducing the fictional Balenciaga Football Club and a line-up of sportswear-inspired uniforms, with the outfits contrasting with the final looks, which included skin-tight bodysuits in red and purple, as well as slinky black gowns and a long-shoulder silver beaded dress.

“Gala dresses are all-inclusive: shoes, gloves, leggings, and gowns in one piece. Bodywear becomes a second skin, at once obscuring and revealing,” he added.

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Halima Aden refused to walk in Yeezy show due to length of skirt

Halima Aden once refused to walk in a Yeezy show due to a disagreement over the length of her skirt.The Somali-American beauty was due to make her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s season five ready-to-wear show back in 2017, but in an interv…

Halima Aden once refused to walk in a Yeezy show due to a disagreement over the length of her skirt.

The Somali-American beauty was due to make her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s season five ready-to-wear show back in 2017, but in an interview with British newspaper The Observer, she recalled how the moment ended up being a watershed moment for her modelling career.

After Halima was presented with an outfit by the rapper’s team, she acknowledged it “was just not going to work” as the skirt sat above her knee.

“Even then I knew: walking away when something doesn’t fit is always better than feeling you need to force something,” the 22-year-old shared, adding that while she was disappointed, she felt empowered as she returned to her hotel. “And then, without having to say anything, they called back: ‘We have a second option.’ I tried it on, and it was perfect. I just knew it was a pivotal moment in my life.

“The people who you want to work with, they’re willing to work with you just the way you are.”

Halima went on to make her groundbreaking appearance in the show wearing a floor-length fur coat.

She also noted that later that same year, she walked for Max Mara in an outfit that was designed just for her.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue star shared her plans to use her career to make a difference and emphasised how she wants to continue mixing her modelling with activism.

“My career in fashion is not just, ‘I want to work with this brand, I want to get on that catwalk.’ We’re not sitting here talking about ‘Buy this heel, because this heel will make you feel sexy,'” she fired. “I’m proud that I can say I combined fashion and activism. I can’t do one without the other.”

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Kim Kardashian gets ‘anxiety’ over way Kanye West stores his clothes

Kim Kardashian gets “anxiety” over the way Kanye West organises his closet.The celebrity couple have given editors at Architectural Digest a tour of their minimalist mansion, and in an accompanying video interview, Kim admitted she thinks her husband’s…

Kim Kardashian gets “anxiety” over the way Kanye West organises his closet.

The celebrity couple have given editors at Architectural Digest a tour of their minimalist mansion, and in an accompanying video interview, Kim admitted she thinks her husband’s method of storing clothing in his wardrobe is a little too intense.

“I feel like you’re most proud of your closet,” she said. “Because he completely took away the bars in the closet and you have a whole new system for how you like to fold your clothes and how you like to organise your clothes. It gives me full anxiety because you have to steam it instead of it just being hung.”

Yet, Kanye has no plans to change his arrangement of ULINE racks as it means he can see all of his outfits “at the same time”.

Conversely, Kim is certain her rapper beau would love to get his hands on her extensive closet.

“I think if you were to get rid of one thing you would definitely get rid of just stuff in my closet. I feel like you think I’m a hoarder in my closet,” the 39-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Kim revealed that she has never used the custom-made swimming pool at her home.

“I’ve never used our pool, actually. Yeah can you believe that? But I love our pool,” she said, much to Kanye’s surprise. “I wanted a Jacuzzi, and then everyone kept designing them off to the side and it bothered you so much. But the kids love to swim in a Jacuzzi, so you said, ‘No, the whole pool will be a Jacuzzi.’ We just make sure that it’s hot all the time.”

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Jonah Hill confirms collaboration with Adidas

Jonah Hill has confirmed he’s collaborating with Adidas.The Wolf of Wall Street actor officially announced on Tuesday via Instagram that he has teamed up with executives at the German sportswear giant for an unspecified project. “This is the official…

Jonah Hill has confirmed he’s collaborating with Adidas.

The Wolf of Wall Street actor officially announced on Tuesday via Instagram that he has teamed up with executives at the German sportswear giant for an unspecified project.

“This is the official announcement that I’m partnering with adidas,” he wrote in the caption besides a video showing the Adidas logo besides his name handwritten in capital letters. “Thank you adidas for trusting me and believing in my ideas and pushing them to become even better. This is a dream for me to start the journey of creating with a team I respect and love. Thrilled to show you all what we’ve been working on. More coming very soon. @adidasoriginals.”

In the comments, his celebrity friends showed their support for the partnership, with Naomi Campbell posting a series of clapping and heart emojis, Olivia Wilde writing, “Coooool” with a clapping emoji, and his mother Sharon Feldstein, who called herself a “proud mama”.

The 36-year-old didn’t reveal any further details about the collaboration, which he had teased a year ago on the Failing Upwards podcast.

However, it was rumoured on social media earlier this month that they were releasing two colourways of the Samba shoe and a new iteration of the Superstar shoe. These details haven’t been confirmed.

Jonah has been a longtime fan of the Adidas brand and helped promote their updated Lxcon sneakers on his Instagram account in October 2018 before their official release.

The star joins the likes of Kanye West and Beyonce, who have developed their Yeezy and Ivy Park collections with the company.

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Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing designs holiday sweaters for Kardashian family

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing created custom Christmas sweaters for the Kardashian-Jenner family.The reality TV stars go all out when it comes to the festive season, and during their celebrations on Christmas Day, Kim Kardashian took to h…

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing created custom Christmas sweaters for the Kardashian-Jenner family.

The reality TV stars go all out when it comes to the festive season, and during their celebrations on Christmas Day, Kim Kardashian took to her Instagram Stories to share a series of pictures of crystal-studded jumpers.

“Thank you @olivier_roustieng @balmain for our Christmas sweaters,” she captioned the snaps.

One of the Balmain designs featured reindeer and snowflake motifs, another was dotted with silver stars, and a third was embellished with adorable penguins.

“Look at these crystal Balmain Christmas sweaters that Olivier made the whole family,” the 39-year-old commented over one of the clips. “They are so cute and blingy!”

In addition, Kim uploaded a sketch of what her family would look like in the festive outfits, with the image including her husband Kanye West, sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, mother Kris Jenner, and younger half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Rousteing, a close friend of the family, has not yet shared whether he plans to add Christmas sweaters to Balmain’s seasonal offerings.

But Kim didn’t stop at Christmas sweaters this year and also showed off the bespoke cowboy boots she had made for her six-year-old daughter North West and Kourtney’s daughter Penelope Disick, seven.

“Look what I got North and Penelope for Christmas,” she said of the special shoes. “I had these custom rhinestone cowboy boots (made). They’re very into cowboy boots, so I thought I’d give them some really sparkly ones.”

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Kim Kardashian had two versions of Givenchy gown made for 2013 Met Gala

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed f…

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.

The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed fashion event six years ago.

However, in an interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks series, Kim explained that she was still trying to decide between the flower-print dress and a black version of the same style right up until the event started.

“We had a black version of this and then the floral version. And I was like, ‘I think I should just do the black version.’ And Riccardo’s like, ‘No come on you have to do the floral,'” she recalled, adding that the designer felt it better suited the occasion because she was pregnant with her daughter North West at the time. “Riccardo had said afterwards, ‘What do you give a woman when she’s pregnant? You send her flowers.’ It was such a sweet message, how Riccardo described it. But I was so insecure, and I could never really speak up at that point ’cause I was so shy and just wanted to make everyone happy.”

Kim went on to note that U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had previously told Riccardo that she preferred the floral version. Following the Met Gala, Kim was subjected to a tirade of criticism and Internet memes, with many comparing the look to upholstery or outfits worn by Robin Williams in 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire.

“I was crying, like, the whole way home because I just couldn’t believe it. There were all these memes about me and this couch. I think Robin Williams even tweeted it, said I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire. It was like this whole thing, so I just cried,” the 39-year-old remembered.

Yet, Kim found great comfort in the reaction she received from The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

“I just remember (Mary-Kate and Ashley) came up to me and loved my outfit and my gloves,” she smiled. “So, none of the critics mattered because the Olsen twins approved.”

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Kim Kardashian ready to scale back on sexy bikini photos

Kim Kardashian has decided it’s time for her to scale back on posting bikini photos online.The reality TV star, who boasts 152 million followers on Instagram, is known for regularly sharing selfies and sexy snaps of herself on social media. However, i…

Kim Kardashian has decided it’s time for her to scale back on posting bikini photos online.

The reality TV star, who boasts 152 million followers on Instagram, is known for regularly sharing selfies and sexy snaps of herself on social media.

However, in a new interview with New York Magazine, Kim explained that as a mother-of-four, legal student, and political advocate, her former persona no longer aligns with her current focus.

“I think I’m evolving to where I don’t feel the need to want to keep up,” she said. “Not that I did it to feel like I had to keep up, but I guess I just don’t care as much anymore to want to take tonnes of photos in a thong bikini. I actually just want to lay out. I don’t care to take the time out of my day on vacation like I used to, where I’d pull up to the house and I’d see, ‘This is a setup, this is an Instagram pic. Now, this is a different setup. Oh, this place has so many different setups. This is going to be amazing.’ And now I’m just like, ‘Let’s actually live in real-time and enjoy it. If we happen to get a photo, great.'”

Kim went on to share that her rapper husband Kanye West has had a lot of input in her style evolution, though she also insisted that she ultimately has the final say on all of her ensembles.

“I have kind of had this awakening myself. I realised I could not even scroll through Instagram in front of my kids without full nudity coming up on my feed pretty much all the time. And I definitely contributed to that. I mean, one of my most iconic covers was the Paper magazine winter 2014 one, when I was all oiled up and ripping my dress off,” the 39-year-old commented, before referring to the time she met with U.S. President Donald Trump in May 2018 to try and negotiate the release of grandmother Alice Marie Johnson from prison. “I also did think, like, ‘Okay, I’m here in the White House,’ and then the next day I was posting, like, a crazy bikini selfie. And I was thinking, ‘I hope they don’t see this. I have to go back there next week.'”

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