Kanye West Rocks adidas Sneakers and His A.P.C. Collection in New Editorial

Shot by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by GQ creative director Jim Moore, the results were a collaboration of menswear's most prominent minds.

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Last week Kanye West's latest GQ cover was officially revealed, where the fashion icon graces the August 2014 issue of the storied publication. This marks the second time West has covered the magazine, the first being December 2007. The cover and accompanying editorial were shot by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by GQ creative director Jim Moore. The resulting outfits were a collaboration between two of menswear's most prominent figures, not just West himself as erroneously reported.

"It's not about having a lot of clothes," West tells the magazine. "It's about a few favorites." That's an anti-trend sentiment we can definitely co-sign. Throughout the editorial, he switches up classic 6-inch wheat Timberland boots with crisp adidas sneakers like the Stan Smith and the Pure Boost, one of the best sneakers we've seen this year. Other notable pieces include the Airport Sweater and white Kanye Jeans from his latest A.P.C. collaboration, and leather pants from En Noir. The full editorial is at GQ.com.

As far the cover story goes, this tidbit concerning Balenciaga and sneakers and West's self-proclaimed effect on their sales is worth pointing out:

Alexander Wang made sure that I was able to go to a Balenciaga show, and I was never allowed to do that before because I was a celebrity. Listen to what I'm saying—me, as Kanye West: I guarantee you, I'm more than 50 percent responsible for every men's shoe that they sell. Me, the singular person. More than 50 percent responsible for every Balenciaga shoe they sell. And they would say, "You can't come to the show, because you are a celebrity." But all honesty, no ego, I have a level of influence, and I have a level of respect for the designers. And we move product on that Barneys floor. 

[via GQ]

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