While I agree with most of you regarding the personality of Kanye West, I do not really understand why this would be of any matter here. This is a blog containing pictures of well-dressing people, personality is not an issue.
The shot itself is good, but I cannot say it shows a person with excelent style. It looks more like some sort of promo-shot.
I love you Scott, but this time I have to agree with the majority that (I can't believe I'M the one who's gonna say that first, but..) "I'mma let you finish, but Kanye made the best douchebaggery in all time!"
First and foremost the photograph is GREAT. Secondly, he is fashion forward. his personality and attitude should not matter, most of us don't know the personality and attitudes of most of the people in this lovely blog.
agrees with both detractors and plaudits alike.. i'd wanted to survey the comments to find a singular positive about kanye, but even the purporters of support know he's egotistical and garish.. though his style is questionable and way below the standard of the Sartorialist… but it is an honest capture! i will give aesthetic credit where such is due.
honestly, music politics and personalities aside, this is a great shot. kanye can really pull off this fur. i don't care what your subject is, as long as they continue to be beautiful in their own way, and as long as you capture that beauty.
you could photograph miley cyrus and i wouldn't care, seeing as i'm a rabid miley-hater. as long as the photo is magnificent, that's all that matters to me. :) cheers
I have to agree that he is nouveau riche at its worst. That was well put, above commenter. Scott- this is a lovely photo. There is a lot of expression and I love the framing and everything…but I have to agree with the sentiments of most of the other commenters…he is not inspiring or creative. I think I understand that you are less about judging (good or bad) a person's style you see, and more about noticing nuances of personal style/choices people make. I am completely on board with that, and I see how that doesn't necessarily make Kanye West exempt. However, so many of the people you feature on your blog care so much about telling a story with their fashions and it feels personal. With him it feels artificial and posed. He just doesn't seem to deserve a spot among these dozens of other deeply fashionable and creative people. Hope this doesn't offend. Your photograph really is stunning, though. xo D
some say you have caught an "honest moment", i say you got manipulated by a manipulator. that's the mask he wanted you to capture that day: "see everyone…i'm really vulnerable and misunderstood; you can see it in my eyes.." Bullshit. Ridiculous fur.
I completely agree with Nadia. Although I do not respect Kanye as a person, I do enjoy his music and his fashion. You're probably going to get a lot of heat for this shot, you already have from these commenters, but I love the shot.
Disappointing… you`re used to looking for people who have, above all, a personal and unique point of view towards "fashion" (not necessarilly fashion with a capital "F", like you`ve said yourself before), and then there`s Kanye, who is interested in nothing but social afirmation by wearing all of the most expensive garments out there, with no coherence or, dar I say it, even real passion for it. I don`t know, I respect whatever it is that you`re trying to do here, I just don`t seem to agree with it.
Finally got you to take a picture of him, did he? I remember reading something about how at some show or another, he kept walking past you in the hopes that you would take his picture.
It's an interesting departure from your normal perspective; it makes me wonder what you left out of the picture, and conjecture that it wasn't positive.
I don't find it an honest shot–although your composition is engaging–he's put on his version of a "model face." I see it all the time on my students, posturing when they're trying to be cool. It's a mask, and while one might have sympathy for the soul that feels the need to use it, it's not one I'll ever find aesthetically or morally appealing.
I agree with the usually-perfect editing. I don't think extravagance is the problem here – many people featured in this blog are wearing thousands of dollars worth of clothing. What I dislike is that this particular brand of extravagance seems sort of…meaningless? He's in fur. It's luxurious. The end.
There's also something in his expression that irritates me; it feels so affected, like.. "What? This is me being 'real'. Can I help it if I'm rich and famous?"
Look at all these negative comments being allowed. I've posted the most mild, non personal critiques and had them removed before. It makes me wonder if his picture was posted just to give him a bashing.
my first thought exactly, am I on the right blog? I like coming on here, nice break in the day. I don't care for or dislike kanye. This picture however has a certain thing- sadness? I am not sure but especially in his fur..this picture — could be because half his face is covered. I like.
I must also express my disappointment with seeing Kanye here. I value The Sartorialist for its democratic subversion of the industry element in fashion, allusions to the creative potential of 'normal' individuals, and provocative notion that there might be something truly organic in consumer culture. Kanye epitomizes the antithesis of all of these ideals.
Stay true to what you've always done, Scott. I'm a big fan.
Oh look who it is! Mister "yo yo Imma let you finish". I don't like him, simply because I hate arrogance and snobbism in general…but I do have to admit he has an interesting style. And yes, i agree with all the previous comments. That face says it all.
Dear Anonymous, please, don't stress me. If you like to eat meat, so don't say lies and lies calling Kanye West as bad man. He is stylish, and he was amazing at the fashion shows, I wish I could have took a picture with him, damn security guards!
Ok, i love this site, but this photo needs to go. Is this photo posted cause of the fur, or cause it's Kanye West. He has celebrity style, and it may have been picked for him. Just doesn't belong. Nice pic though
Scott, I'm so disappointed with this photo. Kanye will never deserve to be on your wonderful blog, especially adorned in fur. He is the epitome of arrogance and is completely conceited in every possible way. How is he a sartorialist? He is in no way fit for the fashion industry and should just stay put in his disreputable position in the music biz.
Honestly Sart, I think you took a picture of Kanye's face to see what the reaction to him would.
The focal point of Kanye's style is never his face it is how he wears his clothes, which is unique. There are other pictures you have taken of West where you can see his whole outfit, and they are better.
i don't think that people have the right to so passionately criticize someone that they do not know. listen to kanye's music and you'll realize that he is a genius artist, and has plenty of personality. i personally think kanye dresses ridiculously well and puts things together in a very unique way. why wouldn't you buy louis V if you could afford that shit?
what i love about this photo is that it captures the self-doubt that is underneath the cocky facade kanye is famous for. great shot!
i love all of the hate on here, though. it's hilarious.
I have loved this blog for a long time and love your work. Maybe not always every shot, but always respected your work. This, this is pure CRAP. Kanye is a sell out and after what he did to that Swift girl, he should never grace your pages; he lacks class, something you seem to have a great deal of. He is a filthy pig! This pic doesn't even highlight anything he is wearing, just seems to be a name drop via pics. You are better than this, as others have said.
You know, Mary pointed out something very, very true. You don't know a thing about the other people Scott posts in here. Certainly you wouldn't like some of them. You may even think some of them are worse than Kanye. Yet you celebrate the clothes they wear. I think that's really all you should be looking at here.
Unfortunately, while this is a lovely portrait, there's not much to be seen of the rest of the outfit. I don't think it flows with the rest of The Sartorialist. Just my opinion.
Photo took my breath away cause I wasn't expecting to see him. I love how it is cropped up close, and the fur, which y'all know I love me some fur. It is Scott's blog, and as per usual he always puts on a great picture. Let's put this all in perspective. In our world of disaster and destruction, having a moment to "escape" to blogs is something that many of us look forward too. I mean, if you guys get all in a huffy about this photo and the subject, I wonder what other people say when they read about my worldly sexual life on my blog? Why sensor what we put out there? Aren't we suppose to share everything we see and feel?Non?
I don't care about the fact that West can be unbecoming and classless. I am into style. Having said that, if you consider West a style icon please tell me who has he influenced. Who?????!!!!!! He is simply a consumer. What is his style philosophy that has inspired???!!!!!!!! He is not a style icon.
Anyone who puts West in the same league with Ralph Lauren, Agnelli, Grant and the other greats, should not be taken seriously.
Dear Anonymous, please, don't stress me. If you like to eat meat, so don't say lies and lies calling Kanye West as bad man. He is stylish, and he was amazing at the fashion shows, I wish I could have took a picture with him, damn security guards!
Style-wise we need him. He's experimental. Musically he's interesting, again he's experimental. Just like everybody else he exercises bad judgement ocassionally. It would be a shame to condemn him for everything. He's a valuable human being just like everybody else. He could use a little compassion.
Dear Sartorialist, You are my home page. I just opened a new window, saw this and almost threw up. I don't like this image or this person in it. I like your many other beautiful images. Thank you for all of the other beautiful images.
Ok, whoa, all the hating is gettin' heavy. All of those criticizing sart for diverging from his usual subject matter are apparently missing the point of this blog. This is not the first time his lens has captured a subject whose style may be deemed extravagant. I think the sart tunes in to people whose style seems to express or hint at something of their inner lives, their imaginations, their world.
From people struggling with homelessness to editors of vogue, the pictures on this blog always inspire a kind of curiosity about those being photographed. I inevitably end up wondering about their lives. We don't come to look at pictures of personalities, nor do we come to see clothes, but the magical fusion of the two that ultimately creates style. That's what makes the pictures INTERESTING. That's the point. Don't let the fact that we all know that Kanye can be a donkey-hole ruin the fact that it is a great photograph. Whether you think it captures sadness or arrogance, the point is that Kanye's expression, coupled with the decadent fur, makes for an interesting, thought-provoking shot.
Kanye vs. Lapo? I guess the sins of the nouveau riche are worse than the sins of blue blooded. If you think Kanye West is a tasteless wag, what about Lapo Elkann? (a few shots below) Give it a break people. For a U.S. blog the comments here are surprising uptight and un-democartic (not to mention verging on narrowed ethnic/racial preferences) Kanye is sartorial mane. Lapo? Wow! You could study both men for tips.
(I laughed when I saw the Mr. West post. I knew some folks were going to have a hissy fit. Lol. So much for being open)
–"However, so many of the people you feature on your blog care so much about telling a story with their fashions and it feels personal. With him it feels artificial and posed. He just doesn't seem to deserve a spot among these dozens of other deeply fashionable and creative people."
strange how most of the posts today have become self righteous and nasty. i too have posted some mild -to say the least- criticism of at least one of the "tired" looking fashionistas on this blog and it was never posted.
sart, you have intervened before, chastising posters for being rude or nasty while trying to make their point. are you trying to make a point this time?
i definitely don't see the sartorial difference between kayne's fashion today, the fur lady from Barcelona or the giant, puffed zebra sleeves with 5 inch heels from a much beloved editor. what story was she trying to tell? how was it in any way original or tasteful? tasteless, today?
do we KNOW any of these editors/fashionistas that are regularly featured on this blog? do we KNOW if they are sweet, humble beings? or craven, arrogant, avaricious beast? for the record, i don't KNOW kanye west but i don't agree with throwing the knives today.
I understand Kanye is one of the few celebrities you shoot, but i feel like his fascination with fashion only comes from his wealth and popularity. I don't even know if he has any personal style. He has great clothes, but does he tries too hard to make himself look good? …
If you didn't know this portrait was of "Kanye West" (a performer playing his public role), what would you think? What if this portrait was of a man you have never heard of before? If the portrait was titled "At Louis Vuitton…Paris"? Would the comments focus more on the politics of the fur? Wanting to find out who that man might be? Why he looks directly at the photographer?
The comments seem to be targeted more towards the perceived personality of someone many of us have never met (and probably won't ever meet). That doesn't negate Mr. Schuman's framing, cropping, lighting, focus and all of the other elements of artistry it takes to produce a good photograph.
I visit this site daily and the sight of fur as anything other than what it is especially on a self righteous P.O.S. might make me do otherwise. Bad call. Regardless of my feeling about fur, this shot is strictly of Kanye as it does not show his clothing like all the other pictures.
Hey Scott, a lot of people here have disagreed with your choice of post. I think its a great photo. Its a shame because you said one time that your blog is no place for negativity. Really if you are inspired, go ahead and shoot it. Do you! Isn't that what fashion is all about in first place? Guys, lets give Kanye a break we all have Oops moments. :)
Oh please shut up already people! He does not know or care about u guys. Let him live his life and criticize only when necessary. If u didn't know him as Kanye, u wouldn't hv been as harsh…fur or not! I'm not even a huge Kanye fan but his aura cannot be denied.
Why is everyone hating on this photo? Kanye has 4 times the style of probably anyone on this site. Not to mention he could own any one of you in a second. That may sound like a hasty defense of him. But, he has done so much with the industry, not only fashion but production and music are just his elementary jobs. He and his hip hop companions have revolutionized urban culture. If anything we should be thanking him, he successfully turned the group of once baggy clothes and 30 pound chain wearing, into fashion sensitive, well put together stand up individuals. Im not sure there are many designers today who can say they have done that, and I certainly know that none of you have. Also, you may want to take a look at just where he is… Louis Vuitton, next time one of you are a VIP there you let me know.
I don't even care about being obscene with fur, I don't even care if a man wears it (well, as long as it looks in its proper place) so to me this photo is (as another commentator above stated) honest.
Now he's just an.. intriguing individual. He is controversial, and I think this photo sums it up. Look at his expression, it seems as though he knows that he is being brutally honest. And what looks like a regular t-shirt under the lord-knows-what-animal-that-is coat balances out the whole outfit. I only pray that there were no neon colored pants beneath it. As far as I'm concerned, it's his life, let him deal with his own issues.
I think this photo is brilliant. I have to disagree with the comments that say this is just like the photos on all the other sites. The look on Kanye's face is 100% genuine and you can tell when you look at this compared to most of his other photos and I feel like this picture shows how Kanye has a lot more to him than what his reputation says about him. So I would like to applaud Scott for continually capturing people's true colours. Yeah Kanye makes ridiculous outbursts here and there and the way he approaches them is totally uncalled for but I don't think he is wrong when he says them.
I would like to know, if he weren't the ĂŒber famous person that he is, would you have photographed him? asides from his celebrity status, what is so appealing about this? because, I do not really see it, but then again, I do not have the keen eye for fashion you do and which we admire
I love this blog but think it is a big shame that Kanye has made it on.. the majority of people photographed have an inherent effortless style that shines through, the photographs capture a natural beauty, regardless of whether they have spent time on their attire or not. Kanye's style is far from effortless..
I love the Sartorialist because I get sick of having celebrities in my face on TV and in magazines and in advertisements. I love seeing the people in the photographs at what seems like a spontaneous moment in their daily lives and imagining a story to go with their style. I like seeing the unique pieces that reveal their own unique personalities.
I don't get that from this photo regardless of the fact that it's Kanye West. A great celebrity portrait (whether you like him or not)as a photograph and as an image of a person. Great for a celebrity portrait collection because this is a very different image and clothing than we usually see of Mr. West.
However, definitely not my favourite from the Sartorialist blog.
I feel that this is a tremendous image. I was most struck by the weariness and distance is Kanye's eyes even though he's literally surrounded by extravagance. On this blog Scott has shown fashionable people that don't earn a tenth of what Kanye makes in a day but exude an "inner style" that make them captivating. This image is important because it speaks to the notion that style and the way one presents himself to the world may be directly proportional to his level of happiness.
What I like in this picture is the contrast between his face, which seems tough (lips and beard are nearly geometric), and the softness in his eyes & of the fur. I don't have to do any judgement about this guy, but I really like the picture.
Kanye is human, just like you. His pain, just as real as yours'. Kanye's arrogance comes from a place few of you can relate to: he literally made himself from the ground up. He worked to get where he is today. Because he had passion and conviction and, of course, ego. To achieve fame you need a little ego, a little confidence. Kanye is an icon, he's more than just another celebrity. He represents creative expression, fearlessness, and the ability to take a chance when the odds are against you. Kanye is who he is, and he's always been that way. That's what makes him so great, his ability to stand in his shoes and at the end of the day, know that he wasn't pretending, no matter how much of an ass he made of himself. I'm not going to take an apologists stand at the end because I firmly beleive Kanye has style. And as he says, "I used the arrogance as the steam to power my dream."
I'm sad to see so many simple minded people comment on an otherwise impeccable blog, but… its a blog and as such open to public opinion. While, I don't agree with his attittude I understand that its that very attitude that drives both his music and style. Scott, great picture of a great artist and stylish individual. Honestly, the nerve of te hypocrites to do to him what he did to Taylor… I'm not judging simply observing.
Please, he totally pulls this off. He's bossy and he's got an opinion. It's INTERESTING. There are those who believe Kanye deserves his humiliation. I guess by now I have seen enough of life that I prefer to see someone as a real complicated human being rather than brand him or her a hypocrite. Human life, including sex, abounds with hypocrisy, faithlessness, carelessness and people who say "I love you" when they really mean "I want you." People who say "my spouse doesnât understand me," when they really mean, "my spouse knows me to well." Most adults can supply their own examples.
But the point is, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT COMPLEXITY. Complexity is crucial to appraisal (animal, mineral, political or sartorial). :) It is the substance that makes Scott's work so fascinating. Keep up the good work!
i think scott captured the methapor….. the metaphor of being kanye west and the metaphor of being kanye west as a loser…. look at the picture…. and see for yourself…. its not about what hes wearing i think…. its about him and how are we going to react about him…
I think it's a bit sad that everyone is so caught up in the fact that it is Kanye West here… if it were any man other than Kanye in this photograph, would it have evoked such a negative reaction, or would these viewers simply allow themselves to recognize the subtleties so masterfully captured in this photograph?
You've done a wonderful job of capturing a softness and vulnerability to his face, and this, contrasting with the implied toughness and masculinity in the fur, creates a wonderful representation of this man's personality.
To all those who say that they look to The Sartorialist for photographs they cannot find elsewhere, or that this photograph does not capture any remarkable inner style, I would disagree. This photo really cannot be found anywhere else, at least, I've never seen any photo quite like this. An unknown, sensitive side is revealed here. As for the inner style, I wouldn't be one to judge so quickly because only a small fraction of the outfit is displayed; however, the contrast between the luxurious fur and the plain-crew necked shirt creates an interesting juxtaposition. However, I would argue that here, the focus is most likely not completely on the clothing. I, for one, am enamored with the persona so elegantly captured in this photograph.
I'll put it in very simple terms.. Kanye West has more style than ANY of you criticizing him. One of the reasons Scott has him on his blog.
I'm so glad he posted a Kanye picture and made all you idiots go mad…To those claiming he's not worthy..you don't know ANYBODY elses personality in the pictures taken. It's about style. PERIOD. KAnye has worn way better outfits during fashion week though, If I may say so.
took the time to read all the comments and i think many are not give enough thoughts..
i have to disagree with those who say the blog is just about clothes, rather than personality. if you read you should know Scott has been trying to tell stories more than just "clothes".
and who are you to tell him to take it off or Kanye West doesn't deserve it? yes he is definitely arrogant but who knows what Scott's real thoughts are putting it up here? if he sees something there he simply posts it and that's the purpose of the blog.
anyway, Scott has shot Kayne before so i guess they are friends (at least know each other)? we must all have experienced this..you meet someone and you guys are cool, people keep talking shit about this guy but he never does anything to you so you just stay neutral, right?
i am a fan of the blog because there are a lot of inspirations, but how can you say you love every single one of them? some to me are just boring expensive clothes. so this is just another one that you don't happen to like.
Wow, these comments are all so interesting. First, I love the formal properties of this image: the framing, the contrast of line (t-shirt + hairline), texture (skin +fur), and the narrow colour range (white grading through beige, brown and black), and the sinuous lines (horizontal and vertical. It strikes me that many of these comments are responding to Kanye West's image as much as his style (he's not really on my radar, so I didn't respond to these issues). To me it's a wonderful and revealing portrait in the manner of Goya, an artist who was a master of portraying the greed, vanity and sense of entitlement of Spanish royalty in the early 1800s. You can see so much in this portrait – the sense of entitlement, the narcissism, the ennui, the damaged beauty, the loss of joy. It's fabulous.
I hate to use this blog to bash on Kanye but it infuriates me that he gets so much fashion press. The fur is over-the-top and distasteful and while I'm not an animal rights activist, it looks far better on animals than him. I don't think Kanye has remarkable style, but rather that he has a lot of money and knows people that do whom he tries to imitate. I expect inspired street photography from this blog, a breath of fresh air in a world that is all too often dominated by uninspiring celebrities. This disappoints me.
Kanye is not the first celebrity you ever took a photo of, why is everyone acting like you are "suddenly" doing something new?
Beautiful photo. You definitely captured the sadness and the swag.
P.S: Isn't there a chance that this could be faux-fur? How come no one talks about that? Everyone ooohs and ahhhs over crocodile bags and leather boots. What do you think they're made out of? (I'll tell you a secret, puppies! Jk)
The fact most of us think we 'know' the personality of the famous person in this shot should not influence our appreciation of this photo. Regardless of whether he is showing us a face or mask.
I'm not a fan of Kanye but I liked this shot the moment I saw it. The positioning, texture and colour exxaggerates his face, skin and expression. The arrogant pucker of his lips, tired eyes and over the top fur makes it an interesting picture. The muted colours soften it all up. Yeah it looks like a promo shot but dang, it is a good promo shot!!
Personality and style go hand in hand, and kanye has made it his life mission to push his arrogant, obnoxious,rude personality onto the world, so it goes without saying this picture portrays one big ugly douchebag – thats what I'm seeing in his eyes anyway. It looks like hes practised this pout in his bathroom, bedroom, kitchen,loungeroom,laundry,private cinema,50car garage,dressing room mirrors,every spare minute whilst waiting and biding his time for the moment when the Sartorialist is having a slow day. I can see him looking for his reflection in the camera lens.
Well, I'm not a expert in fashion photography, but I think the main thing is; is somebody wants to make a shot like this, he should! If somebody want to try his luck in the music-industry, and put on fur, act a bit cocky…he should!
Kanye has the guts to try things out….and he is smart enough to know that a lot of people will hate him for it. Though..he keeps trying..and trying.
As can be seen by all of the comments: Kanye is somebody who has the courage to take a stand..to choose. I think he is a guy with big successes and big failures…a more intense, bigger and more intreating person then all the haters and commentators on this blog.
Kanye is a douche and I can't say that I find him stylish at all, especially seeing all the recent paparazzi shots with Amber Rose. From what I've seen they just looked trashy for most of the couture shows, as well as the Menswear shows. Disappointed with this shot.
i definitely think all the negativity towards Kanye is because of the whole infamous VMA 09 night. But maybe i'm wrong. I thought what Kanye did was complete douchery and I thought his actions were provoked by alcohol…..but,alas, life goes on, Taylor Swift has moved and hence why we should move on. I still think Kanye has a pretty sick wardrobe. His vocal chops are pretty sick as well. I also think this photo is pretty sick.
I don't think it matters how much you don't like Kanye West. I don't think it matters how much of a completely awful person he seems to be.
He does have a very strong sense of style, even if some people think it is tacky, or over indulgent. Perhaps people's feelings on his personality are skewing their perception.
Fur makes a strong statement to me, and it still manages to be overshadowed by his expression, which just looks so sad to me. This photograph seems like an excellent example of someone who is able to be heard over his statement pieces.
That said, he's still a douche. Just an iconic one.
I'm surprised at all the negative comments this photo is receiving due to Kanye West's personality and attitude. I, by all means, am not defending him or saying he's right but give the man a break and take this blog for what it is; great photos of people with great style. We can never be sure that everyone else photographed here on this site is not arrogant or selfish but we'd like to think so. Just because more people know Kanye West's personality does not make this a less beautiful photo of a man with great confident style. Love it Scott!
i understand all the people who say that a man wearing fur is tacky and pompous, i also understand that people don't like kanye but the shot is EXCELLENT and the fur suits him. bravo Mr. Schuman! to me you have pictured a rich, untalented person in a true and likeable way.
OK so the SHOT! people alot of you comment about how you hate Kanye how about you say you hate his stage persona because i highly doubt ANY of you actually know him. Scott great shut what do you think of the guy.
how many pictures more of Kayne, Sart? why always the same people…Kayne is a great guy and has a great style but havent we seen enough of him? I mean its a nice portrait but from a sartorial point of view, whats special about it..
sorry but i have to post again. i'm all for an idea expanding and indeed you making money – the burberry advertorial – but celebrity endorsement? on here? did he pay for you to take his photo? sorry but this photo is like finding my girlfriend in bed with another man. the whole point of the sartorialist to me was capturing the moment with brilliant people that i don't know. i fear this is a 'jumping the shark' moment as who next will be a 'special case' or 'you just had to cover it.' shame on you for not respecting your audience more and i hope this is one off rather than a plan to turn this brilliant blog into just another press pluggable slice of pap.
Bonjour la polemique! I admire your work but is always good to surprise your public, even if they may be against the change…follow your inspiration. I don't particularly loathe m. West but i don't like everything i see on your blog either. PLURALITY is the only escape of boredom. Thanks for taling risks, that's refreshing.
The photo is great! But the wardrobe just shitty as it could be… what's the point to portrait reach, spoiled (in the worst manner) raper… who wants so badly be chic that makes me sic!!! BLEEEEEEHHHHH….
Amen to Kanye being a giant douche. The attitude on his face in this photo (and most others) is one of arrogance and self-importance. He is nothing. And a terrible example for anyone to pattern themselves after. Most disappointed to see him on your blog. Off my soapbox now. Thank you.
wow….what was that saying about all things great….either your vehemently hate it or you really love it…no middle ground…Kanye West is a fuckin genius..no other artist has managed to have such an influence on fashion like he does.
This is picture is really great because you get to see another side of Kanye.
Good photography captures the essence of the subject and I would say that it achieves this goal superbly. The proof of this success rests in the commentary. I will add however that a sarorialist is fashionable without respect to labels or cash flow. A sartorialist is an artist. Mr. West is a consumerist with an unlimited amount of cash. Too easy to look good. Besides he really is a douchebag!
what i love about your blog is the way you see street style in a non celebrity way. your subjects may often be fashion insiders but i don't feel i'm being spoon fed celebrity promotion. this guy is such a poser with out substance. he wants so badly to be noticed, praised and be seen as special. he wants to be thought of as a fashionable man who dictates to his fans. didn't he call himself the voice of his generation? ugh. it disappoints me to see him here.
I really like Kanye and am inspired by his music and fashion (College Dropout is one of my all time favourite albums) recently I think he has lost his way a little and this picture shows a man who appears to be burnt out by fame and in need of a good rest. But this is just my opinion, for all I know he could have been bored/tired/caught off guard or wishing he hadn't been stopped on his way to the toilet :)
maybe we should go back to the basic of this blog. if it's all about photography, this is a nice shoot which captured perfectly an image of money can't buy style or attitude. but if it is a fashion blog, this is an awefull shoot which captured a cheap style of fashion.
Kanye doesn't have style, he has money and an unattractively big ego. he and his "girlfriend" looked OTT at this show. if you've seen the pics of them together you'll know what i mean. desperate for attention. and in fur too. makes me sick in my mouth. go away Kanye. OH AND.. by contrast, the man you posted yesterday (dashing through Paris with style and a smile) is Godly! Kanye, take note.
I do not even know this man!!! I can tell you that people take fashion way to seriously… When I was in my 20's I too, live for fashion…But, then life has a way of showing you why indeed you feel that way and then you start to dig your heels in and do some deep interwork that really makes the outside of no interest any more….. Always, try to see if what you are doing comes from your soul rather than just "how well one puts ones self together with cloths!!!!!
Oh stop your sniveling! Its a good shot. I find it a bit funny that people are so up in arms over someone's behavior at a silly award show. Anyone who denies that Kanye is modern day style icon is either simply unaware or being dishonest with themselves. Like him or not, this is a guy who really cares about, and knows, fashion.
Everyone seems to be hating on kanye for his arrogance. and that he has. plus it seems to come through in this pic. But he also comes through as a lot less confident in a lot of interviews…somewhat shy. i think he has a lot to offer as an artist and he really believes in making his art better. i just wish he would lose that arrogance. Hes no need to drill it in all the time.
The eyes are truly the window to the soul. You have captured this mans soul. This photograph truly emotes! He is absolutely at home in his gorgeous fur and invites one to join him within it's warmth. Lovely!
Not a fan of Kanye. He is overrated in every respect as far as I am concerned.
I don't think you should be put off from showing us a different style of your photography. Some comments are slightly harsh and although I visit the blog for your 'on the street' photographs I am happy to see any of your work.
Show us anything you wish, after all we are your fans!
I'm surprised by all of the negative comments about the blog and Kanye. I think Kanye is a dick but this blog is not about spoken personality. You look at the photo and it doesn't scream "I'm a dick". I pose a question to you people: how do you know if other people photographed on this blog in the past aren't dicks themselves?
why is everyone so involved?? is this still about the taylor swift incident??i'm not american,so i probably don't get all the hating here…. i like this potograph,his eyes look vulnerable,yet you can't tell whether he is trying to look like this or whether it's real.and this doubt shows more about his personality that he probably wants to show…
i am surprised to see him on here but i'm also really surprised at all of the negative comments. i personally do not like some of his choices either but anyone that calls anyone else a douche is just as egotistical…. my opinion.
i love this portrait and I everyone crying like babies about kanye sucking or sartorialist being above this is so lame. This photo doesn't mean he agrees or disagrees w. anything kanye has or hasn't done. It's not even about that and if you are looking at this and missing the portrait and instead seeing a political statement, I feel sorry for you!
Wow: some really vulgar commentary here. You fashionistas should learn to wear your elegance within.
I dislike this (gorgeous) fur coat worn with a white undershirt. All wrong.
I don't find this to be among your finest photos but, boy did it stir everyone up. So silly to be caught up in a pop star's life to this extent if you are over the age of sixteen. Even the long apologetic is over the top.
I hate Kanye, but love this image. Yes he's an ass but kudos to you for finding a vulnerability that he never seems to publically show. the fur is beautiful but is a stark contrast to sad eyes, pouty lips, and the cracks on his forehead. Thanks for showing a different side of someone even while facing a hostile audience!
Can anyone here speak to the quality of character of each person photographed on this site?
Anyhow, these shots are about fashion and art. It's about creating something unique and inspiring thought. If every artist (including Scott) avoided controversial or taboo subjects, we'd be missing out on a whole world of possibility, wouldn't we?
The fact that this lets call him a 'guy' to prevent use of other words gets recognition as being 'stylish' is beyond me. Yes he is wearing fur – but did you expect anything else from these types. This world is victimized into believing what they are told to like and what they are told to wear from media and fashion 'trend setters' – Sad. Again Scott , the fact that you even give people like this recognition by doing something as simple as taking their photo because you think its 'cool' that you were around individuals like this is pathetic. Stick to the gentleman in the photo beneath types.
He has been shooting Kanye for a long time, I appreciate that he does it cause Kanye is an influence for me, no matter the things that pick take from something happen at a music award show that just gave the young lady more exposure in my opinion, I in no way condone what he did, but I believe he was honestly sorry when he said it on the Jay Leno show, It goes back to a saying I have pick up "if you apologize, the people don't think you are sorry enough, but if you don't apologize then they will say you are truely heartless."
People here are taking Kanye's antics way too seriously. I think more of it is linked to his statements after Hurricane Katrina (and still maintaining a fan base) than being rude to Taylor Swift.
This is not the first portrait to appear here, or the first to feature someone because of his or her status as a style icon rather than their sartiorial choices of the moment. People are looking for reasons to object to this picture.
Kanye is the definition of edgy – in his music, style, and public persona. I appreciate that being recognized.
Dearest Sartorialist Readers. Why are you all so judge full and look at the picture as Kanyes style? He is another man amongst the others, another shot of individuals style. The picture has nothing to do with the popularity or personality (positive/negative) of the man. So leave all prejudice behind and consider the individuals style as a part of personal expression.
(Goodness gracious, what a stir!) Your photograph made me catch my breath. There's a story in that face, to be sure. His eyes, the set of his jaw, the tilt of his head, the angle of his collar – there are so many details to observe in this small portrait. You're giving my imagination a good workout with this one!
I can't believe a few people stooped so low as to say that the negative comments are even remotely based in racism. Are you people insane? Be careful where you wield words like that! That is not a small accusation! However, it is a weak one.
Scott, I loved what you wrote today in regard to this photo. I felt like I sort of understood why you posted this at the time (although I had a knee-jerk negative reaction like most) but your writings today confirmed it. I appreciate that you are observing him NOT as a perfect sartorialist, but as someone struggling with his style (and life).
And this is certainly a very beautiful photo. I just think the core of what I and others were trying to say is stated by one commenter: "Your beautiful photographs of non celebrities is (sic) what distinguishes your work from all the rest." Thanks for your beautiful work.
Just the fact that this photo has more comments than almost every photo on this page shows that Kanye is a magnetic figure. He has been the most influential style icon of the last decade, and that really cannot be argued. Hate him or love him, he speaks from his heart and his music inspires people all over the world. When was the last time somebody REALLY stood up for art like he did at the VMAs? What he has accomplished so far in his short career is indicative of the great things that we've yet to see come from him.
My God, haven't any of you ever gone through a hard time in your life? Have you never done anything you regretted? People do stupid things and make mistakes, but there's no reason to keep kicking this man while he's down. He's clearly trying to work through whatever his issues are. Yes, he's acted like an ass. But have a bit of empathy and let the man try to move on to being a better person. Scott, as a picture of man and not a celebrity, this is beautiful.
As an advertising major, I must ask, did anyone think about the VMA's being a publicity stunt or that Kanye was a little tipsy (though that is no excuse) or that maybe, it was so ridiculous it was a little funny?
Let it go. He is a man of inspirational lyrics and creativity that shines through his tasteful style.
WOWWWWWWWWWWWW! I am shocked by the superficaliaty of these comments. NONE OF YOU KNOW THIS GUY or what kind of psychological torment he may be experiencing!!! Judge the photo, the style and the expression, not the man.
Amasing shot!!! So raw, so powerfull. Your best portrait ever. I love Kanyes style. Just hope he get back to his old style of music.I think this shot refekts a man how is in a state of his life were he will be able to create like never before.
Look to all U hates STOP the ugly comments about Mr.West. To call him a douche is quite tacky! All the hate stems from the Taylor Swift shit…let it GO! Mr. West is a talent that did what he did. As for the great fur…he wore it because he could. BRAVO to you Mr. West!
After finally having read his Glow in the Dark book I must say that all of you people hating on Kanye don't seem to have a clue what he is about.He's a very creative,innovative artist with alot of visions.His development of style is enormous!He's been through a lot in his life.I think this shot captured a different Kanye West,far away from all the press and media although it was shot at Fashion week.Take a second and get into his facial expression..
yea Kanye can be arrogant & a bit over the top or a douche but…we shouldn't be surprised since he's been like that from day one. however, that doesn't detract from the essence of this photo: shows a sign of vulnerability. a good photo is a good photo regardless of the subject.
I like the pic like many have said he does appear very vulnerable. And to all those making comments simply about how Kanye is portrayed in mainstream are simply portraying yourselves in a negative manner as well. Focus on the style and portrait not your love for Taylor Swift or whatever else motivates you.
photos quite nice- kinda intense…he's doing a 'sm'eyes' at the camera as Tyra would say. Just wish the guy would come OUT of the closet then i would really respect him- especially in his field of music. (That goes for you too Usher lol).. )*-*(
oh wow, so may nasty people. I like the gur and Kanye can pull off wearing a fur coat because he UNDERSTANDS and KNOWS who he is. So, to all you people that have written negative comments…move forward not backwards…HELLO 2010!
Out of all the comments (yes, I read them all) only two or three even knew that Scott had taken photos of Kanye West before. I'm guessing you either forgot West was featured in his book or chose to mentally block it out of your minds and focus on who he is as a person instead.
Mr. West detracting from this blog? Seriously? The role of a photographer is about capturing what speaks to them, regardless of who it is. Photography is more to do with the moment and less to do with the subject. I mean, thatâs what people relate to in photographs, right? Itâs about emotions and not just about the people or the places or the things separately; itâs the entire package. Thatâs what I personally take away from this blog.
How does one really judge Kanye over, say, others that have been photographed on this website? Because when one thinks about it in terms of who they are, you can only speculate/imagine the situation without actually knowing a thing about them. Thatâs when opinions are based on what we see beyond the photograph becomes apparent. Iâm not sure when people decided that a photograph would then become a judgment call, but I think itâs because people arenât separating a persona (and opinion, not facts) from the clothes/style/photograph.
I know that art, in and of itself, is entirely subjective. But I also think that most people whoâve commented are missing the point entirely. Yes, fashion goes beyond that of clothes that look good on a person, and yes, Kanye West might not have the same kind of style and/or wardrobe as some others captured on the blog, but in all honesty, I think you can hardly judge a man for that. I think style says a lot about a person and I can see how it speaks volumes of Mr. West. He stays true to who he is, and maybe it is a little bit more extravagant and not as âsophisticatedâ taste than well, apparently some whoâve commented, but I have never thought the clothes were wearing him. Thereâs a mix of a fresh urban/classic vibe he gives off and as a person (myself) who goes with different âlooksâ on a daily basis, whatâs so wrong with that? As long as heâs being true to himself, I think thatâs all that matters. Judgements are being made too quickly nowadays and people are categorized based on fleeting thoughts and fickle audiences. And I donât think this blog is where that kind of mentality should occurâŠor is necessary.
And anyway, on a less serious note, Taylor Swift should be thanking Kanye for making 2009 the best year of her life! ha
I can't agree more with most of the people commenting. Fur is usually (if not done well, and in this case this is NOT done well) extremely tacky, arrogant, and ugly. I'm surprised to see such a terrible post to be blunt. Hope to see better ones in the future…
Is this a Kanye bashing post. If it wasn't Kanye would the comments be the same. Take an objective view on this and remove your opinions of him as an entertainer (agree to disagree on his viewpoints) I appreciate this shot. And you can't deny him on his sense of being a 'Sartorialist' because he is. I love the realism of this photo; but the shot above is the realist.
Not sure why but Kanye's actions have no impact on me whatsoever. Whether calculated or desperate, his choices are his own. And his internal self is as much a mystery as that of any of Scott's other subjects. I'm open to this photo. As the photographer put it, it captures a moment in a continuum. I love good portraits because they evoke so much and leave so much unknown. The fur's a bummer but not surprising. It's Kanye! For it's humanity, it's mystery, the flap surrounding him, the gross fur and very warm complexion, and my optimistic curiosity, this phtograph's got my attention. He's a classic bad boy. Does every subject have to be utterly likeable? Boh-ring.
Great photo which captures Kanye; generated lots of comments so obviously a powerful image that evokes basic emotions. Personally, Kanye seems to be the perfect follower rather than a leader. I think that this picture captures the ideal consumer.
Never seen so many negative comments in all of the years of returning to this site, of course I don't read every picture's comment section, just those pics that are interesting . The comments show how the readership has truly changed, because I can recall seeing Kanye at least 3-4 times on your blog, these "hate parade" participants don't even realized they have generated at least 300 comments, which is above average! As far as fur goes, could care less, could be Faux for me and men in fur is not my thing, but neither are stirrups!! Everything is not for everyone. I have a soft spot for Kanye, so much so that I asked Mr. Scott S to sign my Kanye page at his book signing, Love it! Bottom line, Kanye does alot I don't agree with, can be overly confident, and some say very rude. He could be more humble, but not to the point of overwhelming insecurity- as some of the paraders would prefer.
"If you can't love someone at their worst than you sure don't deserve them at their best"!!!
you are all really stupid commenting on his arrogance as being something to look down upon. if he didn't have this arrogance he probably would have wound up as mediocore as all of you commenting, because YOU ARE QUITE SIMPLY AFRAID OF BEING GREAT. AND IF A PERSON WORKS REALLY REALLY HARD (like Kanye) AND IS COMPLETELY AWARE OF HIS OR HERS OWN GREATNESS DUE TO ALL THE HARDMANSHIP; THERE IS THEN NOTHING WRONG WITH SAYING THAT YOU HAVE TALENT; AND KANYE HAS WORKED SOLELY ON HIS MUSIC; WHICH IS WHY HE CAN CALL HIMSELF A GREAT ARTIST
My God, all the vile hatred that people spew! Amazing how people are able to separate personality and style when it comes to people like Anna Wintour or Carine Roitfeld, for that matter, but not to Kanye! Christ, so he's arrogant (he's an entertainer for godsake), whatever! I like that he unashamedly likes fashion and is carving out his own style! Let the man be.
Hate or love it, Kanye is by far one of the biggest influences in fashion now. For instance, mixing sneakers and high fashion has been around for a long time, but isn't it a sign of the Kanye effect when every major fashion house is making sneakers now?
1) I think it is interesting to see how many people are so quick to judge one man's person. Aren't we all faulty in some way? Haven't we all done something completely stupid and immediately regretted whatever it is we did? Granted, Kanye West's actions were done with millions of people watching, and thus had a greater culpability because of his influence over so many people. But we are all capable of wrongdoings, and before you go bashing someone, search yourself and check to make sure you are perfect in every way. Otherwise, judge his actions (We should judge a person's actions and not the person, since every person, in essence, is a good person) as stupid (which they were) and move on. Taylor Swift certainly has.
2) The picture is fantastic. Kanye has good style.
I am sorry, I am just as unhappy to see him here as I would have been to see Brittany Spears. Dear Mr. Schuman, please spare your fans from having to see what they would see on cover of magazines in the grocery store lines. We love you.
I have been a big fan of your blog for about three years now. Many of your posts have inspired my personal style and I feel that the discussion regarding this image reveals how your photographs are both internally and externally inspirational. I think that the discussion raised by your photograph of Kanye, which I really admire, can be viewed not as a debate but as a conversation. I think that the readers who feel that Kanye is all superficiality and fame should try to view his inclusion on this blog from a different point of view. Also, I find the many statements declaring fur as unacceptable on men to be very shocking and close-minded. Example: did men not rock ushankas for centuries? "Men can't wear fur" sounds just as ridiculous as "women can't wear…"
you know, while some people may hate it, i'm all for the occasional pic of somebody like kanye. he's so influential to so many people, whether you like him or not. it really is a great shot too, don't listen to everybody commenting on this, they'll get over it, i like the idea.
I am quite surprised at how many people consider fur on a man to be an unequivocable NO. Broadway Joe Namath (another icon) proved that a man with the right sort of ego/stature can pull off this look (over a Jets uniform, no less). There are no rules.
it's amazing that people are criticized for "hating" kanye. if people have a negative opinion of him, then let it be, and allow them the right to express themselves, especially when the man is wearing what may be extremely expensive (animal) fur. kanye has publicly projected true arrogance, and what right does he have to do this without criticism? he may make music (like a lot of other people) but his music isn't primarily saving lives. so he may be having a bad time, hey, we all have bad times, but perhaps he should do so quietly and without drawing attention to himself. otherwise, allow the critics their say. a lesson learned to all those american dreamers. it doesn't hurt to be humble and kind.
With 337 comments so far, this is definitely one of your most provocative photographs. The portrait is engaging …vulnerable, painful yet soft (lighting, texture, color). It takes balls to wear fur. -bubbawuabba
why should somebody not make a style blog because they are egotistical? this picture, along with all of scott's archive, captures a look and the feeling encompassing it. seeing as we don't know the personalities of other figures in this blog, we need to judge the picture like we do the rest-by its artistic expression. great photo.
I didn't think I could hate a person I hadn't met, but kanye proved me wrong. He exudes an ill vibe to say the least. Please, please, I love love your blog, but I have to say, this makes me question your taste.
Wow! It is surprising to see so much self righteousness and elitism in reaction to this portrait. Itâs interesting to see how people believe they know a public personality to the point of judging character by alluding to one action. And itâs frankly funny to read the self-perceived stylish indignant at the sight of a ânouveau richeâ intruder in their virtual house of worship.
Like it or not, Kanye West is an extremely gifted musician, and a cultural icon who's made an indelible impression on the style our time. Questioning his creativity and relevance is outright ridiculous.
This is a great shot. While I agree I on the fur comments from everyone, I do want to echo the points of some of the posters that points out what Scott has masterfully captured in this shot; the (what seems to be) sadness and vulnerability of a great young mind with too much pressure.
This is truly one of the non sartorial shots posted by Scott.
Mr. Schuman deserves our thanks for not trying to block all the somewhat offensive comments, and for being so candid about his philosophy as an artist. Personally, I like this shot- the softness and defiant toughness make it all the more interesting.
I'm a bit worried to see comments about Kanye being an example of "nouveau riche", we don't really have to be using elitist language like that in this day and age, do we? Kanye has fabricated a post modern superstar. As if we know the real man..
I just want to say that even though Kanye West has become a controversial figure, he is still a great fashion figure. Not to mention, we shouldn't judge someone we don't know and have never met, whereas Scott who has, deserves the right to choose whatever he wants on his blog. All opinions are different so there is no doubt that you will won't love every single thing he publishes. It is unjustified to criticise this specific post because of what you have read about Kanye from tabloids.
Let us not forget why we are visiting this blog. To look at these stellar photographs, to comment on what we see in these photographs, to learn, to play… But most importantly to appreciate beauty. This is a beautiful photograph. If you take the time to really look into the subject's eyes, then you will "get it". Beauty, this is what its all about to me.
i dont know why people are having such a hard time excepting the fact that this is a beutiful portrait of kanye west, i think there is always a double standard when it comes to celebrities, kanye is a human being just like you and me and we all make mistakes and we are not considering the added on pressure he has to endure while still trying to finding himself
To the people who say Scott is "better than this" – this is his shot and it's his decision to put it on his site. He can't be better or worse than what is elementally his.
I happen to love seeing this shot of Kanye. It's different from normal Sartorialist fare but it's a great shot and knowing the situation behind it makes it all the more interesting. Kayne is all about contradiction – his music explores dichotomies relating to fame, wealth and yes, fashion. So the sadness in his eyes juxtaposed with the plush fur coat should speak volumes to those who are paying attention.
great photo, it is discretely smaller than most. kanye looks a little tired maybe from all the hate that people send his way. i don't particularly think that the look of exhaustion can be simulated. without the baggage of the celebrity the photo is solid, the cropping is great…but with everything else taken into consideration the photo is 375 times more interesting
I love that he's wearing a very 'feminine' looking fur but he looks very strong in his pose. Agreed that there is also a vunerability to his eyes as well. Although we can't see the rest of his outfit I do love the simplicty of the white tee under the fur jacket.
I love Kanye.. what sup with all the negativity on this blog…
Thats one thing I love fashion.. for the most part, everyone we view on this blog we do not know anything about… we only see that moment that Mister Scott snaps with his camera…
this is an awesome photo.. I LOVE THE FUR… who said guys can wear fur? If i had the money, heck yeah i'd wear a fur.. If i lived in Russia or Europe and I had the money heck yeah I'd buy me some dead skin… I dont think there is anything wrong with wearing fur…
p.s…bush does hate black people.. or at least the people in Louisiana…
Personally, I don't know Kanye neither, and may get plenty of slack for this, but do you all really know why you have so much HATE for Kanye? He's an artist, has great music, changed hip hop and that's what matters. Yes he has made mistakes but then no one is perfect, shit i fuck up sometimes, im just blessed im not in the lights yet. Being in the limelight will do that to you. If any of you that have made comments on this picture, had the opportunity to meet YE , you'd probably never have the guts to say what you really feel. Shame on you. Think about it
What is the opposite of nouveau riche? Oh, that's right, some fuck who inherited their money. All you haters are hilarious. Kanye earned his money, working, hard, very hard, and is among the most experimental of public personalities. If this was a picture of Wes Anderson or Sofia Coppola or one of those bums from Yeah Yeah Yeahs you clowns would be peeing yourself with excitement. Jokers.
Today I am a bigger fan of this site than I was yesterday. A much bigger fan. Props on this Ye shot.
It's the first time that I hear the name Kanye West and I don't know anything about him. I didn't like the pictures because it's so typical for the Hip-Hop-Culture: Hey I am an angry and strong men but I have money and show it to you. So it's boring and nothing special.
…c'mon all you haters – this is a great portrait – very naive of people to think that someone who is so well known does not deserve a photograph, it's not about like or dislike – look at all the 'air time' politicians get! artists and photographers have always photographed and covered a wide range of humanity. To expect to see only people you LIKE, when you don;t know any of them is a ridiculous concept. Abusive messages to scott schumann about your expectations of his site are pretty egotistical in themselves!
What all of you opposers do not understand is that by dedicating multi-paragraph responses to your hatred of this person, this HUMAN being, you are probably making him quite happy, as he seems to thrive on the attention. But don't we all thrive on attention? Even the most introverted of us must be able to admit that some attention feels pretty nice…as for Kanye, I respect him as a talented artist, he really is talented. At least his style is an accurate expression of his personality. Yes, he might be a little snobby but I still love him :)
never understood why singers like Kanye should have such a snob and fake attitude and pose always like this(even if they're having a tough time).I hate when people pretending to be "someone" .How would he dress if he wasn't famous ? :)….and without a big fashion industry behind him…
love the shot! Great fur, and look at the vulnerability in his face.. I like it ! I hear that people don't like him. Still he has been a big icon in fashion for the American market and music industry itself! He didn't get where he is being a nobody.
Today we see the softer and more human side of Kanye
This is a style blog, not a popularity contest. I think it's a fantastic shot. The fur, the chain, the scar on the nose, the sad eyes–this shot shows us a rare glimpse into the human behind the clothes, and I happen to think it's the most profound I've ever seen on this blog. We all have our underbellies and have made our mistakes. Some of us express our shadows in a "bigger" way than others, as was the case with Kanye. He is a talented man going through a tough time, and he does so with style.
Imagine for a moment that you don't know the name or public persona of this person…. You could focus on the the quality of the portrait and the raw humanity captured. It's an amazing photograph. But Kanye West is a provocateur for better or worse and so the portrait is inseparable from the persona. Wait 30 years. Few will remember who he was or what he did and it will stand on its own.
im going to say that im indifferent about kanye because im indifferent to celebs in general… but i do admit (dont shoot me here!!) that I find throughout the years Louis Vuitton is getting more and more boring, tacky and too commercial. Too much of a "hype" "bling bling" "famous people" brand. I find Dior has been going down that path too… in a nutshell Louis Vuitton has become a sell-out for me!!! Even though from a marketing point of view what they're doing is probably good for the business but I cant stand it. Brand should learn how to keep their integrity!! And yes you can remain modern and stick with today's time & age without being a sell-out!
I personally don't like Kanye but I think this is a great shot, and I admire u for this- u don't take pictures just to please the audience. everyone has a different point of view and I've really enjoyed the view of the world from urs. hope u won't be effected by the responses. looking forward to see more of ur work.
It cheapens the blog to feature Kayne West, unless your are trying to parody his utter arrogance by showing him in a fur with a smug expression. There is a thin line between featuring street fashion, fashion personalities and celebrities. I like that you do not include celebrities.
The portrait is great. As an isolated photo, but we cannot remove ourselves from the fact that we all know who this person is and what he is representing, that is at the end of the day what a portrait should capture. You totally nailed his personae. "I just don't know what to do with myself" ugh!! Me, myself and I. Leave animals furs for the animals!! Unbearably pretentious.
1. Man wearing fur – bad, unless he's in the Yukon and he caught and killed it. 2. Kanye should spend his $ on some psych counseling 3. The shot is so close you can't even see his "coat" – did you get caught up in his STAR stuff or what?
More people on the street makiing fashion statements without stylists, PLEASE.
Regardless of people's opinion of Kanye, he sure commands the public's attention. Look at how many people commented here – mostly under "anonymous". That is the meaning of the word celebrity. That is the power of Kanye West. The ability to be singular, to stand out, to make a statement – regardless of whether in a positive or negative way. Sometimes, in the world in which we live, that's all that counts.
Scott, I think you are transcending the role of fashion pundit/photographer and moving into a more truly creative place. All the comments about Kanye's style, what an ass he may be etc miss the point. This is a gorgeous photo that touches a nerve in us, and speaks about our culture on many levels. His arrogance tinged with vulnerability is quite moving.
Scott – you are an incredibly gifted and talented artist. I'm amazed by the superfluous vitriol from the folks who are hating on your post, here. I've never heard the guy's music. I live in another country, so I'm not innundated with his pap images. I'm a regular, middle class white guy who gets more and more interested in both fashion and photography every time I see your blog. You rock. Fur is tacky, the guy's a bigmouth, blah, blah, effing blah. So what? Great shot. Saludos. El gringo.
You can buy Fashion. Style is adherent. Style is attitude and grace. Not just being fashion friends with..ahem,ahem…Marc Jacobs.. I wouldn't say Kanye has style. I would say he has a good stylist. And I was mildly offended at his comments about him "dressing as well as a gay guy…" Um, fuck you? Every other picture on this blog is beautiful. This one is crass.
I think it's interesting that everybody has jumped on Kanye for purportedly being a terrible human being, & think that they have the right to tell you what to post & what not to post on your blog. Honestly? You're the artist, so they can all go * themselves.
I think it's a wonderful photo- very Richard Avedon capturing Marilyn Monroe (and if we want to talk about photographers taking pictures of 'evil' celebrities, Avedon photographed Sinatra, for God's sake). And you know what? I usually really don't like your blog at all. So there it is- the other camp is happy.
This is also just another example of one of my favorite phenomena on the internet: commenters who think their opinions matter & will change something. Don't read it, if you hate it so much.
There seems to be an unspoken truth coming from his face, that is coming from deep within. I think we might have a glimpse here of the man himself, instead of the man's job. I think it's magnificent what's shown in this picture, the person behind the artist.
I really don't know about Kanye West, but I think this photo captures vulnerable side of this man as if he is seeking help. A good contrast from former Kanye West photos ( lot of them surrounded by his people).
It's funny… most of the people who hate on Ye post as anonymous… no balls. But that's not odd… I expect the haters to be masked. That is their life. Ye is brilliant. Remember, we mock what we don't understand. To all the haters – remember this phrase, and say it to yourself, mea culpa.
I Love this blog, but some of the comments in regard to this photo has made me think negatively about the type of folks that visit it. None of us here probably has ever met Kanye West, but yet most of you hates the guy, for what? For speaking his mind and saying what he feels, and for dressing how he feels. I think society need more people like him to be honest (1 less coward person). Come on people, this is a beautiful picture. Respect it for what it is. None of us should judge anyone. People have the right to be (good or bab)… We are just humans afterall (good and bad).
i feel as if he has captured the worry in a man and this is quite a beautiful portrait i feel as if the fur coat is a sort of armour a barrier between kanye and the world that is judging him for his mistakes i admire kanye's talent though for being one of the few decent rappers out there with a decent voice
This blog is and always will be a destination for high fashion, but Kanye is not high fashion rather very trendy. I think Kanye is a great artist but not an icon in the ever changing fashion world. Like his brand that never reached public eye, I believe his ideas of being trendy and not stylish will die off and true style will bloom.
I think and belive that it would be a much better statement had he been wearing fake fur. I can not see any good reason why one should wear fur. Why you would pay for sonething that has been killed just so that it can look good. I would love it if 'stars' would show much more concern and selfreflectens. That would have been something to respekt.
i'm going to write this in all caps to evoke a little kanye in my comment.
YOU GUYS ARE HATERS. TO EVERYONE SAYING I HATE KANYE HE IS A DOUCHE WAH WAH STFU. HOW BORING WOULD HOLLYWOOD BE IF IT WERE ALL TAYLOR SWIFTS AND HOT GUYS? F'ING BORING!!! KANYE MAY BE A LITTLE TACKEY BUT AT LEAST HE IS DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF HOLLYWOOD DRONES.
ok but in all seriousness, why is kanye relevant? because he is at constantly at the top of the charts and as far as pop music goes, its pretty fucking good.
For everyone who knocks Kanye: you don't know him. This blog is here to evoke a certain mood or personality based on a simple photo. Like Scott, he is an artist. Get over what Kanye did at the VMA's. This is a great shot. Thanks.
Why does everyone care so much about the fact that it is Kanye? This shot almost seems a little mocking to me. A classic example of what not to wear. This shot could potentially help mankind; now, no sane person who clicks through the Sartorialist will ever wear this type of fur coat. Just a personal comment on Kanye, not on Mr. Schuman: Fur? Really? You don't like in Alaska. You aren't half Eskimo. And fur doesn't like t-shirts.
I believe that when you look good you feel good. Sometime when I'm feeling glum, I'll put on my favorite pair or shoes, or step out in a pretty dress and instantly there's a shine in my eye and my chin is a little higher.
Perhaps Kanye uses this same strategy and overcompensated with a over-the-top fur coat in hopes of lifting his mood.
to me the fur doesn't matter at all!! whatever the style here, you've captured a human being. What strikes me is his "regard". You can't miss it. Its right there and it tells you a story. C'est digne d'un photographe and you're a good one. It has a feel of an Avadon picture. good job, bravo!!!
It's unbelievable to me how people can be so passionate while at the same time being utterly close-minded and judgmental. Kanye West is undeniably fashion forward and sartorially minded. He worked with Luis Vuitton for goodness sakes. Yes, sometimes he's an arrogant, materialistic, nouveau riche a**hole, but he is always vulnerable and honest and extremely talented. He is an artist. The prolificity of this comment thread itself is a testament to his controversial nature and subsequent fame. He loves the hate. ps, excellent photo, impeccably luxurious fur.
yall must be racist or something…arrogant? egotistical? "nouveau-riche"?? have you ever heard valentino open his mouth?? or karl lagerfeld?? or anna wintour?? all these fashion gods have an egoist in them and often times an elistist bent as well… dont give kanye flack for all these characteristics that you can find in so many other people in the industry, including admirers like yourselves!!
I've always defended Kanye because he is immensely talented and is often misunderstood. But this last PETA rant just confirms for me how stupid and ignorant he is. Time and time again, this fool says moronic things.
He should not be featured on this site if being "fresh to death" and "killing people with his freshness" because he's a "rock star" is all fashion is to him. I will honestly boycott this blog if I ever see anything Kanye related again.
Fur looks great. Kanye has a great fashion sense. But fashion if animal suffering is simply dismissed or ego is left to run rampant then fashion then becomes something disgusting and shallow regardless of how great it appears on the surface.
Have some decency and humility for humanity's sake.
I like the hardness in his eyes and his jaw, and the worry-lines on his forehead. Those are pretty impossible to fake. I like how those aspects of his face contrast with the lush decadence of the fur. A very human shot of someone we are used to seeing in only one type of light.
YOU ALL ARE SO BLIND!! AND WHAT'S REALLY INTERESTING TO ME IS THAT YOU DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND OR FAIL TO RECOGNIZE HIS PERSPECTIVE, POINT OF REFERENCE, BACKGROUND, WHAT HE REPRESENTS, OR WHERE HE IS FROM!! HE IS A GUY WHO HAS SPEARHEADED HIP-HOP, MUSIC AS WE HEAR IT, AND TRANSCENDED INTO FASHION. NOT BY CIRCUMSTANCE, BUT BECAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING THERE. AND IF YOU HAVE THE GOODS TO BACK IT UP, WHATS THE PROBLEM?! THE BIGGER PICTURE IS THAT HE IS A BLACK MAN WHO IS THE CAPTAIN OF HIS OWN SHIP, AND I REALLY THINK THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH!! OLD MONEY OR NEW MONEY, IT SPENDS THE SAME! AND THERE'S NO BLOOD ON HIS HANDS! PEOPLE GET WITH IT! PS. HE HAS THE MOST COMMENTS EVER!! AND FOR MEN'S FUR REFERENCES, STROLL DOWN MADISON AVE, TAKE A TRIP TO RUSSIA, OR STAND OUTSIDE THE REVOLVING DOORS OF BERGDORF GOODMAN!! KANYE IS RELEVANT AND AN ARTIST!! HE'S GOT YOU ALL TALKING!!
Ok im an advid Kanye Lover and i say how is he NOvue Riche he was always above and over the top before he got money when he behind the scenes producing for rocafella this was him and regarding his persona the picture has absolutley nothing to do with that judge the photo not the person and the coat is great (even though i dont not support fur) i like it and expect it on someone like Kanye you guys act as if this is the first time youve seen Kanye in something over the top.. Get over it people.
Everyone here talking bad about Kanye are just self conscious low life losers who wish to have half his talent and style. He is cool and proves it by not caring about what freaks like all of you say about him. This photo is amazing, he is amazing, and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to spend less time using their self hate as a reason for lashing out on others and more time working on their faces at a plastic surgeon's clinic. That's all.
It's amazing how many people in this world need to throw stones. A lot of hate from the righteous. The reality is that once all is past, Kanye will go down in history for more possitives than negatives – but of course the negatives will be mentioned. People fall down no matter who they are. Sometimes we fall hard, and sometimes in public. Last thing we need is for peopel to be throwing stones at us when we are down. Nice shot Scott, keep up the good work. FB
I respect his talent in music and all but fashion is a whole different field man. he can be a trend follower but wen he is trying too hard to be influential it just doesnt work. he has to drop the funny girl he is carrying with him by the way. what the hell is she wearing to the Paris Fashion week ! no class what so ever. Great photo by the way…….
I am not principally against fur on men, it is completely a matter of context. If you are sporting fur to show off it is obnoxious, which is undoubtedly the case with rappers throwing a fur coat on top of a tank top.
As for Kanye, I do not share the hostility towards his person, simply because I do not know him personally. As for his style, I find it mostly tacky and I cannot really see the justification of this picture on a sartorial blog except, of course, that it is Kanye. However, what I like about this blog is just the opposite of that.
Great shot! I do not watch the MTV news, therefore do not know what Kanye did to provoke such negative emotions from so many people, but I admire his musical talent and enjoy his music, highly creative people are often misunderstood and considered as eccentric.
i fail to see what people's opinions of kanye or fur have to do with this. this blog is about style and style is not about wearing what is trendy at the moment or even appropriate, it is much more difficult to pin down than that. whether you would personally wear what kanye does is irrelevant, he has style. and i am doubtful as to whether any of the comments saying kanye is arrogant/rude/etc etc actually know kanye. what people present to others (especially the media) is not always who they really are.
Interesting. Seems many of those commenting have never read The Satorialist's mission statement. It's not fashion gossip. It's pho-tog-ra-phy. Stunning picture! Love the way you captured the skin tone and the soft fur framing his face. You really captured something deep in his eyes. That made the shot in my opinion. Not many seem to be able to capture African Americans very well. Good job. Great blog!
Everyone has had one or two embarassing moments while being drunk. The difference is that Kanye West had his at the MTV Awards with 100 millions of viewers. But I don't think this blog is a gossip blog that you can go to Perez Hilton for. Nice capture, Kanye West always goes "Ultra Travolta" as he calls it during the fashion weeks.
I think there are a few things are ruining this photo for me. First of all, Kanye West is kind of a jerk, and we all know it. That's the problem with celebrities, they are a subject that has already been examined.
On the other hand, the anonymous and sometimes oft appearing others on your website I do not know and it makes it much simpler to judge their outfit and their look. Kanye, on the other hand, I already know. I know he is rich, low class, and is aspiring to make waves in the fashion world by wearing matching fur coats with his ex-stripper girlfriend.
His celebrity, his personality, his vulgarity, destroy this photo for me. When this photo was taken he was probably thinking 'How can I disrupt the Grammy's and get more people to talk about me than did after the Taylor Swift debacle?'
So much controversy over one portrait! I said it before and I'll say it again. This is a beautiful portrait of Kanye. He is showing a bit of attitude, but mostly extremely soulful eyes and a flawless face. The fur frames his features just right and the contrast of the simple white t shirt look underneath is the perfect foil for the fur. Outstanding portrait!
I love how everyone is harping on kanyes attitude and arrogance when they dont even know him. How do you know that the thousands of other people Scott shoots arent just as arrogant if not more. As a matter of fact from my experience people who claim they get and understand fashion are the most arrogant, classist, elititist, and downright rude people Ive ever met. kinda like some of the comments Ive read….
I don't actually know anything about Kayne West, but every time I see him on some news flash or in a photo he always looks miserable…if I was stinking rich and miserable…I'd get a shrink and try to figure out the problem so I could enjoy being stinking rich! In this photo he looks like he's going to start crying…if going to fashion shows is that traumatising maybe he should be doing something else.
Funny, these comments are almost identicle to comments that were expressed about Madonna in the 80's with the exclusion of "slut". Kanye is an artist, and part of an artists job is to openly and freely express themselves (as we all should but rarely do), and he has…in an amazingly flawed way. So be it. But he's got you "feeling" something good or bad…which is another aspect of an artists job. Hopefully, the negative energy and hate you've expressed here will free you to also see the positive aspects of this picture. It IS an honest shot of a complex man. That is all.
yeah, I am sure this is the first time "arrogance" has been photographed by our beloved sart. an example: personally, I think ANYONE who would willingly choose to spend $1000 on a handbag, and brush that weight off their smug shoulders (as if it is normal) treads the line.
To all you Kanye haters, since when is obnoxiousness something to be frowned upon in your fickle world of fa-shun? Most of you style-dictators are insufferable at a dinner table during any lame fashion week, laughing at lesser mortals for wearing Moncler with D&G shades.
And how dare some of you accuse this man of not being creative? Have you even heard The College Dropout? Or Late Registration? You probably only have 3 cds on your shelf. Most likely a Hed Kandi comp, a Buddha bar one and something by Coldplay.
And as a sartorialist, this guy started making tacky ghetto thugs get a little more interested in designer labels which didnÂŽt make you look like an infant, AND he had the balls to speak in defence of gay people in the ever so homophobic world of hip hop.
Scott, I apologise for using your blog as a conduct to vent my spleen, but I just hate it when some of these so called fashionistas lash out at a guy from the safety of anonimity just because he has an ego trip and wears fur.
And if everyone is so appalled by a guy for being rude to some American Sweetheart on live tv, just mark my words when in 5 years time the general consensus will be that Kanye is the last punk rocker ever to come out of the plastic phoney music world the industryÂŽs turned into. If Cobain wouldÂŽve done it, he wouldÂŽve sold 10 million more records.
This is not about liking Kanye or not– I don't like him, BUT it's about the photograph! I really like this photo! The fur works, and look at Kanye's eyes! I like that Scott captured the emotion, it's like a silent cry of regret, and almost apologetic.
You do what you do best! You capture the shot! The Kanye West Haters are not analyzing the photo, they are analyzing Mr. West's actions. Even though fur on men do make me kind of squeamish, I am looking at the face that is surrounded by the fur. Keep up the Good Work!
kanye may be flashy and arrogant but he is eternally striving to express his own unique style. he knows who he is and he is not embarrassed of it… there is a lot to be said for that and a lot to learn from his persona.
Everyone says they hate Kanye most likely b/c he is arrogant or what he did to Taylor Swift, but if you ever listened to his music or heard his production or know anything at all about urban music in the last ten years you cannot deny that he is very talented. You people are so funny.
Kanye,Kanye, Kanye… It would be cool except that he doesn't really have personal style , he's got personal shoppers that know what's cool ..Hence his "cool style" is just a stylist bringing him all kinds of clothes for him to choose from .. as for the portrait , it doesn't really say much except " i'm tired from going out so late last night and drinking all that free Crystal"
It's a shame everyone's busting your balls for posting a picture of a Kanye. He does have his place in the fashion world- a good sense of personal style; don't see many other r&b/rap artists dressed like him. Not a fan of the fur, either, but apparently he is… there's the "personal style". We're not judging his character, which, I admit, seems to be lacking, this is a FASHION blog.
For the record.. I'm a huge fan of KanYe in spite of his music, passion AND fashion eye. In fact, apart from this blog, KanYe is my biggest fashion inspiration.. But that's beside the point, because regardless of my personal opinion of the man, what I see in this stunning photo is great style despite (possibly IN spite) a tortured soul.. And THAT is a true sartorialist spirit.
The man must being doing something right cause he brings out the haters in droves. I like the shot and I like Kanye. His music is bomb, he's a truth teller and folks just aren't used to celebs who aren't handled by PR puppet strings…
Love the photo. Don't really follow pop culture so believe it or not I have no idea who he is or what he does, though I've heard his name a million times. Now, thanks to you I know what he looks like, from your point of view at least.
Kanye always dresses well. He has a wide range of styles and knows how to adjust them to fit him.
From a pair of Air Yeezys to his Louis, or a BAPE sweater to a Jil Sander dress shirt. He knows how to work it all. I always hunt his style to try and pick something up.
All the people knocking him need to settle down. He has explained his reasons for being "arrogant" many many times. He was making great music, rocking great style, designing great pieces. He was doing great and everyone was just waiting to drag him down and the T. Swift incident was a perfect opportunity. No need to suddenly be anti-conformist and hate on him all of a sudden. Especially
He must have fans, seeing he was invited to sit font row and VIP at each and every major fashion show.
And ps, ironically the vast majority of people you see in fashion, the ones you all drool over (i.e, the ones we see sashaying around Paris and New York in $4,000 Christian Louboutin or $10,000 Tom Ford loafers) are all arrogant and have huge egos.
You don't think Karl Lagerfeld is arrogant? LMAO, fools.
I think this is a fascinating potrait due to it's poignancy and intensity. I believe you captured what you set out to achieve in this photograph. What irritates me is how too many comments are shallowly centred around the styling or personal life of kanye. Although clearly your blog is partly style focused; what sets your blog apart from the bizzillion others out there is the sheer depth, complexity of ideas and analysing of images and ideas beyond their obvious physicalities. You interpret the subtleties. This potrait accurately illustrates the dramatic effect of an alive meaningful face against an equally meaningful prop against a still white background. However what really stood out to me in this portrait was the symmetrical component. Kanye's right side of face is rather indifferent, kind of dead or drained in the eyes..pained. However his left side is completely different, it is so tense, rigid and rather elicits weak anger. Interesting. This is my first time on your blog and I am already addicted! I'm 20 and completely in love with design and fashion, but I have found myself in a bit of ditch..not sure what road to take in my life. But your blog has definately helped reignite my passion!
i love it actually Kanye is his own brand of superstar. Music/movie stars used to all carry a theatrical arrogance that was acceptable..even expected of them. What's with looking to them now to be pseudo-modest and role-model-y. I think he does what he does very well (be it music or dress) and he knows it. great portrait Sart
Wow. It's incredible how dividing Kanye is! There's no denying the fact that he can come across as an arrogant douche but at the same time he's on a different creative planet to most. Wether it be music, fashion or art. Great shot Scott. I love the contrast between the austerity of fur and Kanye's vulnerability.
Gosh, some (most) of these comments are just nasty!
What is it about Kanye which riles you all so? I notice a few people proclaiming him 'nouveau riche' which I think reveals a certain snobbery. Does it perhaps offend you all that he's a bit… different?
But whatever. People who've been reading this blog for a while will know that Scott often shoots Kanye, and so he should; Kanye, love him or hate him, is a passionate man and an opinion former. And this is a great shot.
I think this photo is extremely appropriate for the Sartorialist… I often cite kanye west to friends as a pioneer in hip hop dressing – one of the reasons that rappers now wear suits that fit instead of those ridiculously oversized and tacky looking suits of the past! Bravo.
I like Kanye, and I like this picture. Had this been anyone else, no one would have been so awful. How do you know if anyone else whose picture is on here is a nice person? Look past the subject, and appreciate the photography. I'm not a fur fan, but his eyes look genuine and open.. perhaps it's false, but it's successful.
all this fire because of of an unamable sentiment. We all know why he inspires so much hate. I say he is human and makes mistakes. This is a photography blog and not a personality assessment one. I am on team Kanye all day.
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I can appreciate the technicalities of a well taken portrait photograph……..but as for the subject………………epitomises so much that is negative about the modern cult of celebrity……..especially when it comes to ‘believing your own hype’
(and I’m about as far away from an ‘elitist’ as you could get)
Thank you so much for being the visionary that you are. It takes a very concise vision to lead a group and have clearly delineated focus, especially when attempting to toe the line where style and art meet. Kanye is an interesting character full of life with all its pros and cons. What I love most about him is that he allows himself to be human(flawed) in the public eye. What I love most about you is that you will not allow popular opinion to distract you from capturing the essence of the sartorialist.. Its a spirit that lives within. Thank you for staying true to the spirit of sartorialism.
PS. Only cowards write post anonymously. Thanks for using your voice. It matters!!!!
It’s a great shot with good lighting. In life I want to follow my own voice, free of crowd influence – so I’m not going to knock Kanya, or anyone for doing that. I may not always agree, but it’s better than smothering individuality or trying to force or define someone else’s path (especially since I don’t like it when it’s done to me.) Thanks for all the effort you put into this blog. I really enjoy your images.
This man IS a sartorialist! He is calculating and purposeful in his choices. Some work, some don’t, but he dares to make those choices. As for his personality, who gives a fuck! What has that got to do with a FASHION STYLE BLOG? Are you asking what we think of him or if he looks good in his clothes? If I met half of these naysayers, I imagine I wouldn’t like them either! STICK TO THE FASHION CRITIQUES AND LEAVE THE POLITICS AT THE DOOR.
Fashion is arrogance and humility, elitism and community, highbrow and street level, genuine and faux, classy and trashy, all of the above and none of it at all, that is if you reinvent and find your own way.
I see a very attractive man wearing a gorgeous coat that matches his skin tone perfectly. The look in his eye is confident and assured. The photo is great!
Thanks for including it Scott.