Kanye West has had one hell of a week. He performed on Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary special—in his new collection, by the way—released his new Yeezy Boosts, and showed his first collection with adidas at New York Fashion Week. 'Ye is going back and decompressing the whole thing interview-by-interview, and his latest with Style.com is a doozy.
Kanye, as he stressed in an interview with us, spoke about the collection being solution-based and that he wants to make products for everyone. For this, he says, "adidas is the perfect place to be. If someone was to say, “Hey, do you want to go to a high-end house now?” I’d absolutely say no. I’m not trying to [sound] presumptuous, I’m just saying that if in my wildest dreams I was presented with the opportunity, I would absolutely say no at this point. Because I’m only concerned with making beautiful products available to as many people as possible." Adding later in the interview, "This is very much a Robin Hood approach that I have to making clothes"
On his influences for the "Yeezy Season 1" collection:
You guys know my fucking influences. I've got four influences and it’s written all over the face, you know the combination. Just as much as Drake is influenced by Kanye West, you know my fucking influences. You see Raf Simons right there, you see Helmut [Lang], you see [Maison] Margiela, you see Vanessa [Beecroft], you see Katharine Hamnett. It’s blatantly right there. I’m not going to try and act like I was influenced by a fucking dog walking down the street that broke its ankle that I had a heartfelt discussion with. I had a heartfelt discussion with all of these fucking Helmut Lang images that I stared at for so many years. I had a heartfelt discussion with my Tumblr.
Kanye says that the release of the collection will be delivered through "some injections within the next three months. The camouflage pieces will be out within the next three months." And while the prices aren't "as cheap as [Kanye] would like it to be," he assures us "we'll eventually get them super-inexpensive. And it will be all about everyone having them."
He tells the publication, "I eventually want it to be brick-and-mortar. One of my dreams was to be the head creative director of the Gap. I’d like to be the Steve Jobs of the Gap."
Kanye also touches on some of the headlines he's made, calling the Jean Paul Gaultier dress his wife Kim Kardashian wore to last weekend's Grammys "the best red-carpet look of all time—if not, one of the top five." On his breakup with Nike, "I’m sure they’re doing OK," and on A.P.C. designer Jean Touitou using the N-word in his latest presentation, Kanye says, "Jean Touitou is one of the most humane people I know. Jean Touitou had my family have dinner with him every time we came to Paris. And there are a lot of people who own fashion companies who didn’t."
You can read the whole interview here.