Kanye West wears face mask again, does not wish to be seen


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If there is one advantage to wearing a face mask, it is that we can go about our business in public with a greater degree of relative peace and anonymity. That is, of course, unless you’re Kanye West, who made a splash by wearing a full-face mask at today’s Balenciaga fashion show. Call it a version of the Streisand effect: the more West tries to keep us from perceiving it, the more attention it draws to itself – and its new Yeezy Gap line, coming this fall.

At the parade, West sat with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, Bella Hadid and Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden, who has apparently recovered from his recent grade 2 hamstring strain. West’s full face mask is a personalized vintage Harley Davidson shirt and features a print of the brand’s legendary roaring black cat; it was already photographed wear the mask earlier in March. In the WWD video below, a series of tiny holes are visible on the mask, allowing West to breathe and see Demna Gvasalia’s triumphant return to tailoring.

West also wore a jacket from his Yeezy Gap line, the New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman. The jacket was previously available for pre-order in cobalt blue and sold out within hours; this black jacket is a new colourway that has yet to be announced, and it’s unclear when impatient customers can get their hands on the cozy quilted piece.

Meanwhile, he also wore his HR Giger-esque white foam Yeezy foam runner sneakers, affectionately nicknamed the “Yeezy Crocs”, from his longtime collaboration with Adidas. Oddly, West also wears black Nike socks, which is a clear contrast to the white sci-fi shoe. Is it a shadow form pointed at Adidas, or did the famous fashion-obsessed West just dress up while wearing the mask that morning? Whatever the answer, he allowed his children to embellish the shoes with colorful designs. Somewhere, a sneaker collector is crying at the thought of West’s soiled shoes.

This isn’t the first time West has covered his entire face. He wore the clothes of Maison Martin Margiela crystal encrusted masks during his Yeezus toured in 2013, and was recently seen wearing a Jesus themed mask similar to his Harley Davidson situation above; it also has discreet holes drilled in the center. As the mask warrants are lifted, it’s a safe bet that West, who hates smiling in public (one of his most relevant qualities, of course) will continue to mask himself. I wonder if he was inspired by a hard French noise musician To vomit, which has been performing with a black plastic bag over her head since the early 2000s.


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