The snippet of a new Kanye West music highlighted in a Beats by Dre commercial starring American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, which aired for the duration of Match 6 of the NBA Finals previous night time, was the most current addition to a mound of clues about his apparently imminent new album. But could Kanye also be leaving clues in his outfit alternatives? He’s been sporting what quantities to a complete-on uniform recently, and now he’s dropping uncharacteristic brand name selections on Instagram. What could Ye’s new seem indicate for the DONDA period, and for the following persona in the never ever-ending succession of New Kanyes?
Initial, the uniform: West has been favoring his impending Gap x Yeezy amorphous puffer jacket—in equally its OG blue and new black colorways—and custom made balaclava-design complete-encounter coverings, which includes a single emblazoned with a crucified Jesus Christ. (Travis Scott, Ye’s kind-of-former-brother-in-regulation, later Instagrammed a selfie donning the same a single.) Positive, he’s worn full-encounter masks prior to, even all through his 2014 Yeezus tour, but he’s never ever without a person of late.
He wore a mask to DMX’s memorial services back in April, seemingly fashioned from a classic Harley Davidson panther T-shirt. Two months in the past, it appears he wore the very same 1 all over again to go to the Balenciaga Tumble 2021 Couture display in Paris, and he saved it on though posing for a image with CEOs Cédric Charbit of Balenciaga and François-Henri Pinault of the French luxury conglomerate Kering. And a single of his associates can be seen wearing a mask along with Kanye in a new video snippet that just appeared displaying him performing on the album. Perhaps masks are a crew mandate now.
Perhaps this is all some kind of commentary on the Covid mask period. At any rate, for West, there is often been electric power in symbolic anonymity, particularly as he departs a profoundly general public marriage.
And speaking of Kering… Following a characteristically extensive hiatus, Kanye returned to Instagram final evening to share a match pic carousel like a flat-lay shot of the all-black outfit, which featured a Bottega Veneta bomber and Bottega boots, in addition a pair of Saint Laurent leather-based pants—two fashion houses that, as GQ workers writer Rachel Tashjian pointed out, also tumble underneath the Kering umbrella. He posted the pics just several hours just after Kering’s rival luxury group LVMH declared they’d obtained a main stake in the brand name Off-White established by Ye’s close friend and longtime collaborator Virgil Abloh, who also heads up menswear at LVMH’s crown jewel Louis Vuitton.
Kanye has a storied record with each conglomerates — and, far more broadly, the gatekeepers of luxury and funds in basic. It is also not like West to share outfit techniques or shout out makes straight (as he as soon as claimed, “I will not dress in branding. When I see branding, I see insecurity”) so this feels like it suggests a thing. And as per regular, Kanye’s building a lot of statements at as soon as listed here: the outfit breakdown also featured a pair of Nike socks, a nod to an additional enterprise he has a difficult history with, supplied that he left an early sneaker collaboration with Nike to launch his mega-productive Yeezy brand with Adidas. In the clip that West also posted of the Beats commercial, the digital camera opens on Nike-endorsed Richardson’s swoosh’d-up spikes.
What does it all suggest? Perhaps all the things, perhaps absolutely nothing. Maybe Ye is all set to hyperlink and develop with some previous adversaries, on or off the album. Like all issues Kanye, only time will tell.