Kanye West is busy these days (and, we suppose, all days). He has a second A.P.C. collaboration flying off the shelves, an album on the way this fall, an Adidas collection and standalone menswear line in the works and, of course, a newfound life of domestic bliss with Kim Kardashian and baby North West. He did, however, make time to talk to GQ for the magazine’s August cover story, sharing some of his myriad thoughs on celebrity, fame, fashion and family.
One event in particular combined all of these concepts: the #KimyeWedding, which was attended by everyone from Carine Roitfeld and André Leon Talley to 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and the entire Kardashian/Jenner clan (E! producers and all). According to West, this guest list was supremely culturally significant, particularly because of a certain editor’s street style cache:
"Carine Roitfeld is the Walt Disney of what Tumblr is today. She is the Kanye West of what Tumblr is today. She’s the single most important person to what street style is today. And she was at the wedding seven seats down from Kim, who is one of the number one fashion plates of today."
His analogies may be a bit of a stretch, but the gist (we think) is that fashion-famous people usually discriminate against reality show-famous people—but their wedding got past all that.
He goes on to talk about their wedding photo, which is currently the most-liked photo on Instagram ever, at 2.36 million likes to date:
"It’s because of Kim. Meaning there’s no photo that I would have put up by myself, or next to one of my smarty friends, that would have got that amount of likes. So now you take this photo that has that amount of likes, and it has a flower wall from the same guy who does the Lanvin shows, and it has a couture Givenchy dress and Givenchy tuxedo in it. That’s the point. Now the thing that is the most popular is also communicating the highest level of creativity. The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write."
Kind of like high-low dressing , writ large?
See Kanye’s cover below, and head over to GQ to read the interview in its entirety: