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The Kanye West Fall 2012 Line Debuts at Paris Fashion Week

— March 7, 2012 — Fashion
The Kanye West Fall 2012 collection debuted at Paris Fashion Week -- the last of the four major fall/winter fashion weeks that began in February in New York. The front row was filled with hip hop and Hollywood's finest including Diddy, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian (who wore fur and the $6,000 shoes Kanye designed for Giuseppe Zanotti), Azealia Banks and Alicia Keys. Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley (who wore velour sweatpants and brown Uggs) were also there to show their support for Kanye's second womenswear line.

Top models including Karlie Kloss and Carmen Kass walked in the Kanye West Fall 2012 show, which is reported to have actually had fittings this time. Last season, Kanye did not hold fittings for the models beforehand and the ill-fitted facet of the garments was one of the largest criticisms of the show. While his second attempt was still far from well-received, it seems to have gone over better than his first.

The Kanye West Fall 2012 collection, officially called DW (his late mother's initials), featured lots of fur (including a huge fur backpack) and a lot of black leather. There were mesh bootie heels and knee-high leather boots with lots of straps that seem to be the favorite item in the collection.

Kanye's after party involved go-karts, and performances by Common, Big Sean, Mos Def and Azealia Banks.