For years everyone in the entertainment industry has tried to give Gunn a workable platform for his own show, none of which have taken flight. It can only be reasoned that creatives don’t quite know a proper format for the fashion titan. If it were me, it would extend his stints on Project Runway to revolve the show more around his teachings and commentary. I’d also change the format of fashion police and put him as the star. Watch the video below.
When the ‘Life of Pablo’ rapper debuted his Yeezy Season 4 collection in the blazing heat, hours late, and left models passing out sans water and sitting on the grass, the press rightfully erupted, and even the designer for Bergdorf Goodman came to the rescue. The editorial director for The Cut called the experience “shameful” and said “the most responsible thing we could all do would be to write NOTHING about this show.” To be fair, many models starve themselves to meet the unfair demands of the industry (not Kanye West), and West cannot control the weather. This is certainly not the first nor the worst thing anyone has been asked to do to promote a product. That being said, art often speaks for itself, and there’s no art in passed out models, broken shoes, and less-than-impressive clothes.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The death of one’s brand is low and slow, and I predict Kanye West is on his way. We can argue endlessly about whether all press is good press, and whether this is all part of some master plan, but I beg to differ. His talent is music, not fashion, and the more the public believes him to be an egomaniac, the less likely they are to support him.
— @Booth (@Booth) September 7, 2016
Yeezy model throws off her shoes half way through the show pic.twitter.com/wHUjFvCX6A
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) September 7, 2016
Model undone by the heat at Yeezy. pic.twitter.com/vaZlisrMdm
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) September 7, 2016
Britney Spears + G-Eazy
I will always root for Britney Spears, as will the rest of America. She’s a true comeback story, and it’s good to see that we are not defined by our worst moments. Having said that, her performance at the MTV VMAs just isn’t up to snuff. In fact, if I were on her team, I’d have kept her off the stage entirely. For starters, it was fine for her to lip sync at the beginning of her career because she was dancing. But now, there’s no excuse. She’s walking across the stage with extremely minimal choreography, And if you’re going to go that route, then the performance better be extremely high-concept to distract the audience from the issue at hand. Instead, they put her center stage sans distraction, and left her up there with nothing to fill the time. As for G-Easy, they have zero chemistry. Like I said, I love Britney, but her team just needs to do better. They have something to work with here, and they’re doing nothing.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 29, 2016
Rihanna gets an A for effort. With a medley of her most-loved hits, some interesting chaps, and an overflow of pink, it was an extravaganza for the eyes. Britney’s team should take note. Though it wasn’t heavy with choreography on Rihanna’s part, there’s enough good stuff on stage to make this memorable.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 29, 2016
Beyonce made the other performances feel as if a lion went up against a bunch of ants. In short, she slayed, and her 15 minute show was an extremely original, eye-catching masterpiece. It’s Beyonce’s world, and everyone else just lives in it.
I would encourage Kanye West to give money to charity, rather than begging for big outlets to invest in him. Actually, I’d encourage him to physically go to a shelter and feed the homeless, because his bloated display of hubris isn’t just tired, it’s sad. For a man that does only one thing well, he sure doesn’t do it often. If you love Beyonce, take notes from her, and do less talking and more performing. He will continue to get away with this for some time, because the decline of one’s brand is a slow death, and like the frog being boiled in water, it will soon be too late to recover.
— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016
Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj
I don’t like spinning at the gym, and I certainly don’t like it on the stage. This feels like the princess version of a dance routine designed by some ladies from Brentwood who said to Grande, “You know what would be so cool?! Spin bikes on stage! OMG and the Olympics just happened so like . . . add a pommel horse!!”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 29, 2016
I had high hopes for Nick Jonas, but this dated performance reeked of the 90’s. If he wants to convince the public that his boy band days are behind him, this was not the way to go. Jonas has marketed himself as the cool, sexy guy who was just too mature for a trio with his brothers. The only thing missing here was Nick Lachey.
— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016
Kanye West has always tried to fuse fashion with music, and perhaps he found the perfect collaboration while promoting “Wolves” with Olivier Rousteing’s Fall 2016 line for Balmain. According to Rousteing, he wanted to create a campaign around Kanye’s lyrics, music, and aesthetic. Of course, the video always features Kanye’s wife and muse, who wore her arresting Balmain dress from the 2016 MET Gala. The video for ‘The Life of Pablo’ track was directed by Steven Klein and art directed by Pascal Dangin of KiDS Creative. According to Vogue, the models include: Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jon Kortajarena, Ysaunny Brito, Josephine Skriver, Chico Lachowski, Jordan Barrett, Ronald Epps, Sasha Luss, Riley Montana, and Dilone. I think it’s safe to say Kanye finally found a way to merge art forms, and it’s refreshing that it did not involve his own clothes. There’s a way to fulfill one’s passion that actually produces an aesthetically pleasing result for all parties involved.
Is there anything better than watching two rich divas duke it out, especially when one such diva has perpetuated a squeaky clean image of propriety? Such was the case when Kim Kardashian West boldly released footage of her husband, Kanye West, receiving verbal approval from Taylor Swift for using her name in his song, ‘Famous,’ which is featured in his most recent record, ‘The Life of Pablo.’ During the phone call, Kanye can be heard reciting the lyric, “To all my southside n—-s that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” to which Taylor responds, “it’s like a compliment, kind of,” and “It’s obviously very tongue in cheek.” She then mentioned the flowers sent to her by Kanye and bragged about the amount of likes the photo received.
Kim Kardashian had previously proclaimed Swift’s consent to the lyric, and Swift’s team countered with condescension, implying that Kim was merely her husband’s puppet, saying:
Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West. However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place. It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware of being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.
Kim also claimed that Swift was set to reveal her approval at the Grammys, but backtracked, which can also be heard in the conversation when Swift says, “right after the song comes out I’m going to be on a Grammys red carpet and they’re going to ask me about it and I’ll be like, ‘He called me.'” Swift immediately countered on twitter, insisting that although she can be heard approving the sex line, she cannot be heard approving the words, “that bitch,” as if the tiny dichotomy makes a difference. Plus, her entire Grammy speech was about Kanye wrongfully taking credit for her success, not about the misogyny of the word “bitch.” In fact, Swift also says, “You honestly didn’t know who I was before that. It doesn’t matter that I sold 7 million of that album before you did that which is what happened, you didn’t know who I was before that. It’s fine.” I can only assume that’s in reference to the line about making her famous. And though she has tried to worm out of this by claiming she was never “played the song,” for approval, as one twitter user rightfully pointed out, she did not call John Mayer for approval of “Dear John,” nor did she call the plethora of other exes she bashed in her music using very specific references to their identity. Furthermore, most rappers don’t call for approval at all. Ask Eminem.
To quote Katy Perry, Taylor Swift is “Regina George in sheep’s clothing,” and she’s been exposed. It’s time to stop attacking Kanye and open our eyes to the Swift machine that is now breaking down. Having said that, it must be noted that an industry insider friend of mine is insistent that this is one big publicity stunt involving all three parties, and it’s spinning too far out of control. He predicts that there will be a very public amends, followed by an appearance by Kanye on Taylor’s upcoming record, which is all part of the master plan or long game. It’s certainly possible, and time will tell.
Kanye West paid tribute to his late mother. Mtv
Caitlyn Jenner met her grandson. Entertainment Tonight
Gerard Butler has a new lady love. Just Jared
Lindsay Lohan and her fiance had a big fight. Jezebel
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have reportedly reconciled. Wonderwall
Miley Cyrus got a new tattoo for Liam Hemsworth. Yahoo!
Hayden Panettiere and her family are sticking together. Pop Sugar
Iggy Azalea’s ex-fiance, Nick Young, might have impregnated another woman. ICYDK
Jack Wagner’s son is no longer missing. The Wrap
Adriana Lima might be dating Scott Eastwood after spitting from her boyfriend. Wonderwall
Khloe Kardashian kicked Lamar Odom out of his house. TMZ
Russell Brand is going to be a dad. E! Online
Liv Tyler is a mom again. D Listed
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner aren’t following through with their divorce. The Superficial
Gayle King’s ex-husband apologized for cheating on her. Too Fab
Lea Michele and Robert Buckley called it quits. Hollywood Life
Kim Kardashian almost had me in the clip below, but she took an unfortunate left turn when she once again defended Kanye’s infamous Taylor Swift stage-crash. In reference to Swift “playing the victim,” Kim explains that she felt it was time to defend Kanye over a lyric in ‘The Life of Pablo’ in which Kanye claims that he “made that bitch famous.” According to Swift, she did not approve the line, but team Kardashian-West insists otherwise. It’s still unclear whether Kim personally witnessed Swift’s approval or simply heard a second-hand version from Kanye. I agree that Swift is humorless, takes herself too seriously, and is a bit of a hypocrite, but Kim should have simply stopped at “Kanye should not continue to be punished.”
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I’ve always maintained that nudity and sex are the least creative choices to promote one’s art, and yet every celebrity over uses the vehicle. Kanye West proved me wrong when he debuted his new ‘Famous’ music video, which features naked celebrities laying in bed together. It’s original, creative, and . . . weird. Why this group, and how did he achieve the optical illusion? Many have remained silent, except George W. Bush, whose team insists he’s in much better shape than his depiction, which is likely true considering the former President’s penchant for a long, morning run. Some have also rightfully acknowledged that the women’s privates are exposed while the men’s are not. Taylor Swift is also predictably angry, because she’s humorless. You have to hand it to Kanye, he might be nuts, but sometimes it works in his favor.
When Kanye West took a swipe at Swift in a lyric for his new album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ claiming to have “made that b-ch famous,” Swift hit back during her Grammy speech. Kim wasn’t pleased, and both her and Kanye have long held that he requested permission for the line, and it was granted. See below:
Kim says Taylor’s deep emotional wound is nonsense — okay, she says it’s a lie — and that there’s video proof, because a videographer was actually filming their phone call. Why? Because Kim’s husband commissions videographers to film everything when he’s recording an album, for posterity (and possibly, one day, a documentary). And this is where it gets sticky.
“She totally approved that,” Kim says, shaking her head in annoyance. “She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”
… Swift, Kim insists, “totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. I mean, he’s called me a bitch in his songs. That’s just, like, what they say. I never once think,[gasping] ‘What a derogatory word! How dare he?’ Not in a million years. I don’t know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden.… It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Taylor] said, ‘When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I’m so against this, and I’ll just laugh and say, ‘The joke’s on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time.’ And I’m like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again.”
Swift’s team responded, saying:
“Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West. However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place. It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware of being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”
So who’s telling the truth? That’s up for you to decide, but perhaps it lies somewhere in the middle. My guess? Taylor knew more than she let on, but perhaps not the entirety of the song. That being said, she’s humorless, and the line in question is pretty tame. I also take issue with the implication that Kim Kardashian is under her husband’s spell and therefore forced to take his side. It’s anti-woman, and I expect more from Team Swift.
Kanye West is an extremely talented musician, but I simply cannot make sense of his insatiable need to conquer all creative mediums. It would be too obvious to talk about the narcissism surrounding his appeal to change the world with more resources. He’s already rich, and if he can’t make a business out of his existing income absent investors, then maybe his dreams are far too big, or his execution is far too weak. Perhaps he can use his capital for charity to “make a difference” rather than a weak fashion line with boring bodycon, tonal spandex. In a new interview with Ellen, he was provoked into another ridiculous rant which only received a clap when he discussed removing bullying, which is in no way part of any actual plan. What’s next? Standing on a mountain top to promote world peace? Also, if you’re going to discuss your inspirational geniuses, think of something more original than Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and Picasso.