Era of Prominence: Sept. 2010-Early 2011

While in the summer of 2010, Kanye's pseudo "Rosewood" movement championed Dior suits and gentlemanly manners, his austere style at the time merely set the stage for his re-emergence as a cultural force. Kanye staged his VMA comeback perfectly, making himself seem like the flawed yet brilliant artist many recognize him as today. The bold red Phillip Lim suit became a staple, and this iteration painted him not as a brash showboater, but a true artist with a vision. Revolutionary performances on SNL followed, and the red blazer became something of a style signature for the pensive, calculated Kanye.