DA MAN Icon: Kanye West

WILD WILD WEST. The year 2013 can be said a flying year for music and fashion iconoclast Kanye West.

The regular chart-topper and news headliner has delivered two babies safely this year: his first child with reality star girlfriend Kim Kardashian, and his sixth studio album, “Yeezus” — both came out only a few days apart. Despite strong criticism, the album is undeniably a highly anticipated one. West even “collaborates” with God in one of the tracks.

West also owns a record label that houses names like John Legend and Mos Def, alongside impressive collaborators on the list: Daft Punk, Jay Z, Jamie Foxx, Katy Perry and Teriyaki Boyz. His talent caliber in the industry rises high as he ranks among the most winning-Grammy Award artists of all time – 21 awards and counting!

On the fashion lane, the name Kanye West is closely associated with Ricardo Tisci, the much-praised creative director of Givenchy — as they were once rumored to be involved in a romantic fling – and Maison Martin Margiela, a brand West really admires and often draws inspiration from.

The larger-than-life singer’s status as fashion icon though doesn’t stilt on his dapper sartorial style but rather on bold outfit gear. During one of his concerts, Kanye sported a Céline women shirt paired with his usual blings. While in an impromptu performance in Paris, he wore a crystal Margiela mask that fully covered his face.

Back in 2012, the American rapper got his hands full by establishing an atelier that carries his name. Showing a full womenswear collection for the Spring/Summer 2012 season in Paris Fashion Week, West showcased his essence of style and got his front row filled with prominent industry insiders.

Kanye West’s “Yeezus” minimal packaging

Kanye West’s impromptu performance in Paris

Kanye’s quotes:
• I don’t give a fuck what people think because people don’t think.

• They say people in your life are seasons. And that anything that happens is for a reason.

• But I’m a champion, so I turned tragedy to triumph. Make music that’s fire, spit my soul through the wire.

• Damn, here we go again. Everybody sayin’ what’s not for him. But everything I’m not made me everything I am.

• Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness.

• I am my favorite rapper.