The concept behind the clothes Kanye wears in this shoot was simple: head-to-toe ensembles that riff on a single color. “It’s not about having a lot of clothes,” West says. “It’s about a few favorites.” For more on Kanye’s current take on style, read on.

Sweatshirt, $165 by Levi’s Vintage Clothing
T-shirt, $340 by Off-White
Pants, $1,399 by En Noir
Sneakers, $120 by Adidas

Think Eclectic
Kanye’s Take: “Skinny pants are rock ‘n’ roll. And big coats are really hip-hop. I’m looking for 50 percent rock ‘n’ roll, 50 percent hip-hop, 50 percent genius,” West says, laughing. “Because, you know—for genius, you have to be at a hundred and fifty percent.”

Coat, $4,995 by Calvin Klein Collection
T-shirt, $290 by Balmain
pants $195 by Michael Kors
Boots $190 by Timberland

Turn Down the Contrast
Kanye’s Take: “Most clothes are black or white. But I don’t like all that contrast. It looks either too work, too waiter, or too wedding-y to me. If that’s even a word, wedding-y. Anyway, that’s why I like tonal. There’s less contrast; it’s more casual.”

Coat, $3,100 by Bottega Veneta
Sweater, $775 by Calvin Klein Collection
Sweatshirt, $165 by Levi’s Vintage Clothing
Pants, $1,399 by En Noir
Boots, $770 by Bottega Veneta

Balance Form and Function
Kanye’s Take: “If you’re wearing layers, you can be in L.A., New York, Paris, in an airport lounge, or on a plane, taking layers on and off however. And the proportions get emotional. You know how a graphic can express a feeling or an emotion? Layers can, too.”

Sweater, $340 and jeans, $295 by A.P.C. Kanye
T-shirt, $210 by Rochambaeu
Sneakers, $75 by Adidas Originals

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