Just weeks after releasing his violently minimal sixth album “Yeezus” Kanye West has released a collaborative capsule collection with the kings of minimalism, Jean Touitou’s A.P.C.. Assumably designed during the “Yeezus” sessions (some of which occurred in the offices of the French brand) West’s eight designs demonstrate mastery in restraint that unlike his album is comforting, as opposed to adversarial.
Headlining the collection are three hoodies, West’s take on the recently trendy short-sleeve hoodie, constructed in a muted gray fleece, as well as traditional long- sleeve hoodies in light and dark navy. Like most of A.P.C’s work, small details strengthen these pieces, as well as showing Kanye’s influence. West’s hoodies feature slit sides and longer tails, lined with grosgrain ribbon, extra-long sleeves, and fit looser than the standard A.P.C. cut fans are used to.
Three loose-fitting Egyptian cotton t-shirts round out the tops of the collection, one dark navy, one white and one a custom print from a three-way collaboration between West, A.P.C. and Been Trill.
Ye’s final items are his take on A.P.C.’s famous jeans, one with a heavy fade the other dark denim. Wide hips and skinny legs make the jeans fit to sag to acquire the rapper’s signature look. A.P.C. constructs the jeans out of Japanese selvage denim, the fabric of choice for designer jean fans for years.
Unlike most of what the Chicago rapper has done in the fashion world, Kanye’s A.P.C. collaboration is a solid collection based around design as opposed to hype. Largely free of current trends but still unique in its own right, it’s an impressive statement of sartorial knowledge from a man once known for wearing garish polos and Jesus chains.