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04.24.2014

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Kanye West

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Kanye West Fetes Runway Debut

Lindsay Lohan, Dean and Dan Caten, Bar Refaeli and Leigh Lezark celebrated the singer's first collection.

Chanel Iman Kanye West and Sky Ferreira

PARIS — Lindsay Lohan, who has road-tested the celebrity fashion show experience at Emanuel Ungaro — and crashed — was in a supportive mood Saturday night after Kanye West made his Paris Fashion Week debut.

“It’s really bold and amazing what he’s doing. I’m a huge Kanye West fan,” she enthused.

Lohan was among a raucous crowd — including Dean and Dan Caten, Bar Refaeli, Leigh Lezark, Ellen von Unwerth, Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik and Jared Leto — who gathered at the party West threw for himself at new Paris hot spot Club Silencio.

Hovering by the bar, singer Sky Ferreira was full of praise after attending the show. “It was really cool. It reminded me of high school, with all the name chains,” she said.

Chanel Iman, who flew over from New York to be in the show, clamored to get the singer’s attention as guests swarmed around him. “Hey Kanye, look at my bag, it’s like a necklace,” Iman yelled, holding up her twinkling Swarovski-encrusted Chanel handbag for his appraisal. “He’s a real charmer,” she said. “I think he’s very smart, he really goes for it. He always likes the fly projects.”

Jeremy Scott said he spent hours on the phone with West discussing every topic under the sun. “This is no J.Lo basics line,” the designer said. “I adore him and I think that he is such a passionate and genuine artist in every sense of the word.”

West basked in the attention. “I’m feeling good,” he beamed. As the music kicked off, Jourdan Dunn leapt on stage and wowed guests with her hip-hop moves.

Initially obscured by the throng of revelers, West grabbed a microphone and launched into a stream-of-consciousness, obscenity-laced tirade. After thanking his team and industry figures including Scott and Olivier Theyskens for their presence, he laid into his skeptics.

“Thank you for anybody that didn’t believe, because they motivated us to break our boundaries,” he said.
“We don’t know what the reviews will be, we don’t know what they will say, but I got a chance to go to Italy and feel those fabrics. I begged Louis Vuitton to let me do more shoes after my shoes sold out in two weeks, and they did not. I begged Nike, I begged this company to let me do it. And I took out motherf---ing loans to get the best models, to get the best designers, to get the best venue. I gave you everything that I had.

“This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s---. I don’t f--- with celebrities. I f--- with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place.

“The amount of people that tried to get me a celebrity f---ing deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f--- up ! Or Hedi Slimane in the motherf---ing Mercer, sitting with me, saying, ‘Stop giving them your ideas, Kanye. Do your own thing.’ Hedi Slimane! To feel so frustrated. And I thank anybody who came to this party, everybody who supported, everybody who believed, because people thought it was a joke, and maybe people still do, but I can only grow from this point,” he concluded.
And with that, his DJ segued into Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.”

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