Grazia Exclusive: Kanye West’s NY Fashion Week debut!

13 July 2011

Kanye West front row

Kanye on the FROW

We’ve all known for years that Kanye West has more than a passing interest in fashion. He’s been a front row fixture for seasons and seasons now, and isn’t afraid to wear his favourite designers – whether they make menswear or not (remember his Celine moment at Coachella earlier this year?). So it should come as no real surprise that Kanye has finally moved into the realm of fashion design.

Louise Goldin with her designs

We hear rumours, from excellent sources, that the hip hopper has been squirreling away on his New York Fashion Week debut womenswear collection for months now, and has employed some key Brits to help him achieve critical success. With studios in both East London and New York, Kanye has apparently hired knit-wear supremo, Louise Goldin, to oversee design, St Martins MA legend, Louise Wilson, has been giving him one-to-one tuition – which explains his previous declarations that he wanted to study at the prestigious art school - and assumptions are that he has hired a very established stylist to work as a consultant. Plus, judging by his phenomenal music success, Kanye won’t leave anything to chance, so we imagine that there is already a full line-up ready to go. Now, that’s just what other NY designers who are still toiling their first looks need to hear! Mr West, finally, welcome to the industry.

Louise Wilson


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