Kanye West: "I'm Not Breaking With Music" for Fashion

12/19/2008 at 06:04 PM ET

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We’ve been hearing about Kanye West‘s potential fashion internship plans from everyone but the hip-hop star, and last night, West spoke to PEOPLE at the Flaunt 10th Anniversary party about his plans to balance music and fashion. First and foremost, he says “I’m not breaking with music. I’m just going to do it on weekends. Just learning, learning as much as I can about fashion.” Turns out that this is hardly a new passion, “I was drawing and designing stuff for the longest [time]. I actually went to art school and dropped out to do music. It’s the real thing for me. It’s not a thing that I just put my name on something.” Speaking of fashion with his name on it, Kanye tells PEOPLE that he’s “going to Paris this Saturday to finish my shoes up that I’m doing with Louis Vuitton.” The timing of the internship is still up in the air at this point, but he’s already had several invitations from fashion world pals. As for his own fashion idols, he says he admires, “Stefano Pilati, Raf Simmons, Kim Jones.” If his timetable isn’t concrete, his long-term goals are. “Just trying to get to the point where I’m good enough to make clothes to put my name on it…it’s my love. It’s something I want to do for the rest of my life.”

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Alexandra on

Judging from that outfit.. Yeah, he certainly does need to learn about fashion.

Can’t stand this guy.

Grego on

What’s wrong with his outfit, Alex? You seem to be one of those people who can not separate logic from emotion.

Straw on

I just hope that isn’t real fur.

Laci on

He looks stupid! I don’t like Kanye he complains too much! He is worse than a woman!

Mary on

What a goofy look. He should take a break from fashion AND music.

Mark on

Who cares what you all think. Kanye is a talented, emotionally driven and genuine person. He’s in fron t of a tree full of toys obviously a charity for the holidays and you’re talking about his fashion? Shallow….

Elda on

all you see is dead animals on his videos! i agree w/Laci, he needs to act like a Man instead of a baby whinning all the time!

LBW on

His clothes are too tight. It looks like one wrong move and his shirt will tear.

Rae on

Omg I’m a big fan of his music…But I wouldn’t buy a piece from his clothing line if it would save my life…It looks like he ran over a squirrel and then sewed it on a suit that belonged to his little sister.

AK on

omg he is UGLY

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