If you have seen Kanye West lately, you have to notice that 1) He is back with a vengeance, and 2) Red must be his color for the album. Whether you watched the VMA's, saw him perform "Monster" with jay-Z and Nicki Minaj at Yankee Stadium, or caught his latest performance on Saturday Night Live (video above), you can't help but recognize his love for Red. Always in his red Louis Vuitton sneakers, Kanye switches up the fabrics (and maybe the shirt), but apparently he is trying to tell us something. I am here to help translate! If you want to embrace your inner Kanyeezy and go for a decent, polished, "All Red Everything" look, here are a few tips to get you started:
When I think of men's brands full of color and character, I immediately think of Duckie Brown. Their Fall/Winter 2010 Collection was full of bold red colors from head to toe. The pants are a bit daring, so only the sartorial should try those at home... You can purchase most Duckie Brown products at Barney's, and the Florsheim by Duckie Brown shoes can be found on Zappos.com
Sure, you could go and buy a pair of the Kanye Louis Vuitton sneakers, but that would be too easy (and too cliche). For solid color sneakers, check out brands Clae and Gourmet - They are dope, comfortable shoes that are reasonably priced and can be found at most of your boutique shops. If you want to take your sneakers to a higher level of luxury, try Pierre Hardy or Lanvin.
Here are some rules to follow:
1. Make sure the colors match! Having 8 shades of red has the same effect as having 8 shades of black.. Its super tacky! Take each piece with you while shopping so that you can do a simple color test.
2. Dry Clean Only - Since red is prone to fade and lose its original hue, be sure to preserve the color as much as possible by dry cleaning your red pieces.
3. Wear with confidence - It's very difficult to wear all red in public, yet Kanye does it with ease. Why? Because he oozes ego! As long as you feel comfortable in it, you will exude that same confidence level. If you're doing it just because you think its cool, then you may end up looking like a timid bottle of ketchup..