Kanye West is demanding that all images of him wearing a Givenchy Leather Kilt be deleted from a photo agency’s database. Is it because he wants to pull a Beyonce and own all images of him created or yet to be manifested? No not at all, its because he’s embarrassed and has the emotions of a prepubescent girl. Okay I just made that up, but I bet its true.
I believe in the saying “A Chacun Son Gout”, basically to each their own. I like Fashion, of course I do I’m a woman and I understand that taste and style cannot be universal but instead be defined by individuals for his or her own life. With that said, why wear it then try to pull a “no wait just kidding” when people start laughing at you? Let’s discuss it…
“The kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the rear, originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th century. Since the 19th century it has become associated with the wider culture of Scotland in general, or with Celtic (and more specifically Gaelic) heritage even more broadly. It is most often made of woolen cloth in a tartan pattern. Although the kilt is most often worn on formal occasions and at Highland games and sports events, it has also been adapted as an item of fashionable informal male clothing in recent years, returning to its roots as an everyday garment.”
Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t believe Kanye is of Irish, Scottish, or Celtic descent. Maybe he wouldn’t have been ridiculed if he wore a traditional African garb or robe. I completely understand that he might be a fan of the culture and was probably just giving a shoutout to his boys Liam and Waylon but the kilt didn’t look very “traditional” to me. I mean, he looks like a Gladiatorial Ballerina, the real Black Swan. Others have donned the look before Kanye, most vivid in my mind is Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg) and Puffy (You may know him as Diddy but I will forever call him Puffy). These two looks seemed to be paying homage or better yet a tip of the hat to the Celtic culture.
Yes indeed they still look rather silly to me, but I find the look fun so silly is okay. You hear that Kanye? FUN! It starts getting weird when you take it way too seriously. Stop counting the number of pleats and examining the selvage. Did your skirt not properly accent your leather man-leggings? Kanye wore this look several times on the Watch the Throne tour as well as at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert, so its not like it was a one time thing that he didn’t have time to think about. There is a video of the rapper either backstage or at a fitting of the kilt and he seemed absolutely pressed on the subject. Maybe if you weren’t so anal about it we wouldn’t laugh. Take a look:
I’ve heard the “Real Men Wear Kilts” argument and I’m with reclaiming their ahem masculinity and defining it for themselves. But seriously Kanye…RELAX! He had an entourage practically attacking the woman. Everybody has something to say around him (“…the North Carolina show it looked real good..”) maybe that’s why he’s so psycho. Too many meddling tongues. Anyways his crew looks quite suspect and I would not be listening to them, but I digress. Where were we? Oh yes, so Kanye is the butt of internet and twitter jokes. A search of #KanyeSkirt will quench your thirst if you’re into that kind of thing. Some favorites are a twitter user’s “Is Kanye’s skirt part of the new Kardashian Kollection at Sears?” and Chris Brown’s “N*ggas will be wearing heels next” comment. But the straw that broke the camel’s little brother’s back was Lord Jamar’s newly released track “Lift Up Your Skirt”. If you know Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian than this comes as no surprise. He is not into any of this, NONE of it. And he has that right, just as Kanye has the right to wear a skirt.
I will continue to call it a SKIRT because it didn’t look like a kilt to me. Kilts are not worn with skin tight leather man leggings underneath them! Not to mention the Death of Jesus hoodie he’s wearing on top. It was too much stress over something that didn’t look that fashionable no matter how much it costs (almost $1400 US) or who designed it (Riccardo Tisci). You made a decision Kanye to wear it so stick to it. Don’t go trying to undo what’s already been done. You are a musical genius so focus on the music and leave the rest to Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj.
It was all good just a week ago. Not only was Kanye praised for his avant garde style but many others followed suit. Of course there was Lenny Kravitz before him, but I’m guessing Lenny’s mixed-race heritage gives him a pass, or maybe the fact that he’s a kick ass rock star and Kanye is not, idk. The most recent is A$AP Rocky at Paris Fashion Week . I guess it all just became to much for Lord Jamar and now Kanye wants a do over.
I leave you with men in skirts and a song.