Kanye West
Musician, Designer
Arby Li/HYPEBEAST

Profile
Discipline
Fashion , Music
Nationality
American
Honors

Achievement

A man who needs no introduction, Kanye West’s 2019 was approximately as explosive as the year that preceded it. Along with an internet-combusting new album — Jesus Is King was delayed once, twice, thrice, much to the chagrin of fans, before it suddenly launched on October 25 — West also rolled out a series of accompanying merch in partnership with heavy hitters like Cactus Plant Flea Market and the AWGE collective. The garments lined up with the LP and West’s ongoing Sunday Service series alike, which has drawn headlines for guests like A$AP Rocky, Brad Pitt and Chance the Rapper. Similarly, West’s adidas partnership turned heads with new basketball shoe-style models, bold colorways and region-specific releases, even shutting down social media with the futuristic-looking “Clog.” The futuristic slip-ons were far from West’s only social media-shattering moment: he also ruffled his neighbor’s feathers with the construction of his YEEZY Homes and exploded demand for a cheap Dickies work jacket when he wore it to the Met Gala.

 
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