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No, Kanye West isn’t trying on different Halloween looks or preparing for an impossible game of peekaboo with baby North. The masks you see above are key elements of his Yeezus tour, which kicked off in Seattle Saturday night.
Most of the opening performance was business as usual — he brought out a man dressed as Jesus and wore some seriously amazing shoes — but there was a new element to West’s style that is either super-cool or super-spooky, depending on your preference for seeing someone’s face while they sing to you.
West’s outfits were all exclusively reinterpreted from the Maison Martin Margiela archives just for the Yeezus tour as part of a collaboration between the haute Parisian design house and the rapper. A press release touted the mirrored, marble, crystal and “black gems” veils, as well as an embroidered bomber jacket, printed pants and blanket coat to go with the fashion-obsessed star’s exclusive high-tech custom kicks.
Perhaps West and love Kim Kardashian must remain in constant style balance, and so while she takes some time off to kick it in jorts, West has to up his high-fashion game considerably. Or maybe he’s hoping to get this trend off the ground before the holidays. Whatever the reason for West’s new mask obsession, one thing’s for sure: He certainly can’t be accused of being predictable.
What do you think of West’s latest look? Do you have a particular favorite veil?