7 Times Kanye West Was a Fashion Visionary (in Honor of His GQ 'Most Stylish Man' Status)

12/30/2015 at 09:30 AM ET

We admit we were a bit surprised when Kanye West was named GQ‘s most stylish man of 2015. (He was voted No. 1 by readers!) But then we did a deeper dive into West’s year in style. Between his memorable quotes, his Yeezy Season 2 debut, his kontrol over Kim’s kloset and his dedication to deep-V shirts, we’re starting to understand why he landed on top.

If you need more convincing, check out highlights from the star’s stylish year below.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian GrammysGetty


When he styled Kim for the Grammys: “He saw this online at a couture show and sent me the picture and said, ‘Babe, do you like this dress?.’ He called the designer, gets it and it’s sitting my dressing room. I’m the luckiest woman alive,” Kim said of the plunging sequin Jean Paul Gaultier gown that sparked a million memes.

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When he introduced us to the drop-waist T-shirt: We didn’t even know this look existed until Kanye. Further proof that fashion pre-Yé wasn’t really fashion.

When he called Ralph Lauren his daddy: Not much makes Kanye smile, but the iconic designer made an impression on the rapper. He even admitted to feeling starstruck after meeting his fellow designer, who placed his hand on the rapper’s cheek. “Do you know what he said when he did that? ‘This is my son,'” Kanye told T magazine of the embrace. “And I was thinking, ‘I knew it! I knew Ralph was my daddy!'”

Shoe game #Yeezy

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When Yeezy Boosts were named shoe of the year: Saint has the best pair.

RELATED VIDEO: What Does Rachel Zoe Think About Yeezy Season 2?: ‘Not Everything Should be the Same, it Wouldn’t be Fashion’

Kanye West sweatshirtsGilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic


When he declared sweatshirts “f—ing important”: “I think sweatshirts are the way of the future,” Kanye said in an interview with Vanity Fair about after his Yeezy Season 2 Fashion Show in September. “And we worked so hard on our development of our actual sweatshirts.”

Kim Kardashian fur bikiniCourtesy Kim Kardashian


When he photographed Kim’s furkini moment: Yes, the Wests stage sexy cavewoman photoshoots on their vacations.

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When he wore athleisure on the red carpet: Really this look is about letting his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, shine.

What do you think of Kanye’s ‘Most Stylish’ title? Sound off below.

–Brittany Talarico

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Beth on

That was a good joke.

sososad on

How much did he pay for that prestigious honor?

Lilly on

In his own mind maybe.

Debs626 on

He is a punk a$$ thug and his wife is a porn star wh%e.

Mingo on

The Kardashians collectively shat themselves with joy.

Me on

And GQ just went out of business.

Only People Mag on

Surprised? Why? While I may or may not like West’s style, it is only People Magazine catering to a narrow demographic, codeword: Midwestern, that finds innovation, style, and integration so surprising. I’m surprised that People still manages to be one of the top sites. Yes, I am here, reading the articles. This is more out of habit. After reading the snoringly silly assurances that similarity is good and differences are bad, I often find myself on other sites to get genuine exposure and understanding of pop culture. The decline of People Magazine, we’re watching it when they are resentful of the very celebs they are in the business of reporting on.

Don on

Can someone please just put a bullet through this guys head and be done with it.

Jess on

Deb626, why does he have to be a thug? You may not like him for obvious reasons, and they’re both annoying, but they haven’t committed any crimes, and he was raised with money in a nice environment with a mother who had her doctorate degree. You should do as well, or I guess you’re a thug as well?

AzBarbie1966 on

Ugh. Please stop posting stories about this family.

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