Bet you never thought you’d see a rapper anywhere near these pages but I have always liked to keep my options open. I have to admit to not being so familiar with the musical output of Mr West but I was totally knocked sideways when I saw the stills and footage taken at his performance at The Zenith in Paris during Fashion Week. Mr West, wearing a layered white-out outfit, trussed up in a straitjacket and high-tops, his face encased in a fabulous feathered mask that was part Wookiee, part Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th), set against a cold-as-ice panoramic projection, presented a startling, perfectly pitched modern construct. I have always been fascinated by the fine line between fashion and madness – think about it – and this latest version by Mr West was certainly one of the most exciting fashion images to come out of Paris this season – off or on the catwalk. My only quibble: with the crystal encrusted mask from the Maison Martin Margiela A/W 2012 couture collection, did he really need that necklace?


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