Perhaps Kanye West has reached a point where he believes he has nothing else to lose? Ye has continued to run roughshod over every relationship he has ever had with claims that CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault had originally offered him the role of Artistic Director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. As history proves, however, this never panned out. The job ended up going to his friend and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh who would go on to hold the position until he passed away from cancer in late November, 2021.
Speaking to French news outlet Clique TV for an in-depth, in-person chat, Ye states that Arnault had been in talks with him to take the helm of the Louis Vuitton menswear business. “No one knows I’d been offered the deal by Bernard Arnault,” he declared. He also goes on to say that he only found out he didn’t get it, and who actually did, minutes before it went viral on the internet.
This isn’t the first time that Kanye West has alluded to the possibility he had been in the running for one of the most powerful jobs in fashion. Back in 2019, in an interview with Zane Lowe, Ye stated “I felt like it was supposed to be me.”
“I was the Louis Vuitton Don. People still call me the Louis Vuitton Don on the street,” referencing his self-given nickname that appeared on his College Dropout album.
This comes after a week of Ye leaking his own text messages between former friends who were outraged at his recent Yeezy collection in Paris Fashion Week that featured a White Lives Matter T-shirt. In messages to Supreme’s Creative Director, Ye rants how he “hated Virgil’s designs” and that he also jealous of and felt betrayed by the late fashion designer.
For the record, neither Arnault nor LVMH or Louis Vuitton have confirmed or denied Ye’s claims.
You can watch the entire interview on below. And is it just me, or has Kanye West not only changed his name but also his entire manner of speaking?