Balenciaga Brought Kanye West and a Mud Pit to Paris for Fashion Week

In the weirdest Kanye West news of the week, and that’s saying something, Balenciaga just kicked off their Paris Fashion Week show – and it was a little down and dirty.


The fashion titan had models slog and stomp through a mud pit featuring Ye (for his runway debut), Bella Hadid, and more – and it looked just as dark, murky, confusing, and gross as you would imagine.

The point of the display was “a metaphor for digging for the truth and being down to earth,” according to Denma, Balenciaga’s creative director.

He said in a statement, “Individualism in fashion is downgraded to pseudo trends dictated by a post in stories of some celebrity of the moment … fashion in its best case scenario should not need a story to be sold to someone … let us let everyone be anyone.” Denma continued in a statement to Vogue, “I’ve decided to no longer explain my collections and verbalize my designs, but to express a state of mind. Fashion is a visual art and all we need is for it to be seen through someone else’s eyes. You either like it or not.”

While “you either like it or not” is a perfect metaphor for Kanye West, one has to wonder if Denma is poking fun at him by mocking “pseudo trends dictated by a post in stories of some celebrity” because that sounds like Ye’s manufactured outrages in a nutshell.

Either way, at least this collection looks to be ready to stand up to winters in the PNW or monsoon season somewhere. Tried and tested.


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