DONDA-era Ye has given us a lot to ponder over the past few months. He's helped us find a newfound appreciation for Demna Gvasalia's subversive designs, made a solid argument for why Fivio Foreign is fiercely underrated, reminded us of Margiela's lasting influence, and showed us how to dress if we are living "Off the Grid."
In a rare appearance/interview with the fit-whisperer Chris Smoove, Yeezy breaks down his fall-ready outfit...kind of. For the uninitiated, Smoove has built a platform by hilariously interviewing random people and celebrities on the street, with his most notorious series being, "How much does your fit cost"? Ye participated (and we’re using that term very loosely) in the latter.
How much was Ye's hat? Mr. West doesn't know. How much did his glasses cost? Ye doesn't know. The shoulder-bag? Nah. The watch? Aha! Ye suddenly remembered that he dropped $200,000 on his wrist. To be honest, I would too.
It's cheeky, absurd, and oh-so-Kanye. Could he be commenting on his current low-key lifestyle? Is he flexing on us, showing the public a billionaire doesn't even think about the price of their gear. Or, is Ye suffering from short-term amnesia again? Am I overthinking it? Probably.
Whatever may be driving Kanye's current lapse in memory, we think we've cracked the code. From Balenciaga to PHIPPS, we've highlighted the entire look — prices included. Note that some items could not be 100 percent matched, so we’ve gone with a similar alternative.
Shop Ye's "I don't know" look below.
Phipps Hieroglyph Cap
Though it may not be as mysterious as Ye's recent headwear choice, the PHIPPS Hieroglyph hat is almost just as cryptic. The Arctic-themed cap features a series of region-specific references that are right on brand with PHIPPS' adventurous and environment-inspired designs. It's a solid headwear pick in a fit-friendly colorway.
Acne Studios Wool Blend Mittens
A reliable pair of mittens can go a long way during the colder months. No one likes cold fingers. Acne Studios has a quality pair for you that won't look awkward on the move. It's a warmer alternative to Mr. West's finger gloves.
Acne Studios Hoodie
Though there are plenty of hoodies worth a look at, I'd argue that Acne Studios does the simple black hoodie the best. Today's hoodie is comfy — made from extra soft cotton — slightly oversized and features a kangaroo pocket big enough for random goodies and warmth. Acne just knows how to do quality staples.
Balenciaga Logo-Embroidered Track Pants
If you want to go full DONDA-era, you will need some Balenciaga. Sweatpants are an obvious pick. These luxurious staples are wide-leg — a trend that won't be going anywhere anytime soon — and include a subtle Balenciaga logo.
Balenciaga Explorer Pouch
If you have too many goodies, we recommend that you pick up a shoulder bag. The Balenciaga Explorer Pouch is made from a durable recycled nylon and has the right amount of room for your daily essentials and a DONDA STEM Player.
Balenciaga X-Pander Sneakers
After you've copped the sweatpants, get your hands on a pair of Balenciaga sneakers. The X-Pander is the Balenciaga Track sneaker gone bionic, featuring an athletic, weathered blue and gray upper and a massive suspended heel. It's the retro-futuristic sneaker that you have been looking for.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm Open Worked Double Balance Wheel
To top off the entire outfit, you are going to need a solid timepiece. And, if you have 200K in your pocket, Audemars Piguet has something for you. One of the most desired watches in the Audemars family, the timepiece comes with a stunning and intricate skeletonized watch face —with the watch's workhorse cal. 3132 movement on display. Available in a range of materials and precious metals, this iteration of the 41 mm watch is housed in a beautifully finished stainless-steel case. In short, it is a god-tier watch, well worth its price.