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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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Tiffany on

whoever told kanye that the unshaven hobo look was in was sadly mistaken and should be shot.

Anand on

Kanye sucks, that’s my opinion. This whole thing is just a matter of opinion. Some people like him, some people don’t. It’s all opinion.
Lil Wayne’s talent is not a matter of opinion. Just look at the numbers. First day, a milli albums sold. That was the day tha carter went gold.

Angel on

…the only rapper who can get away with this look…but a very talented individual…he’s not afraid to be different…

Jazz on

Get over yourselves. Kanye is very rich and talent, so I am sure he does not care what you think of his music, clothing, or looks.

Rachel on

I happen to adore mr. west…he’s awesome, talented, and creative, and his ensemble doessn’t look terrible. some people need to get a life.

Khrista on

I don’t think that some of you understand that he’s still dealing with his mom’s death and he most likely hasn’t dealt with it properly. He pretty much shows it with his new album and through himself, too. Yea he may be arrogant/overly confident but that’s the way he’s always been and I know that he doesn’t mean it in the way that you think he does. It’s just his mindset. And also some of you commenting on his fashion, what he’s wearing in this pic may not be all that hot but the things that he does wear in his videos, etc. is pretty much the style that’s in right now. You obviously don’t know how popular it is among some people or how important fashion is to some individuals. If you don’t appreciate just simply state that it is not your taste. But please, don’t bash it.

HN on

it doesnt matter what any of you guys say
cause in the end, he’s still gonna be richer than us hahaaa

jordan on

you all is some haters!!!

Cassondra on

What’s wrong with his outfit?
And Kanye is amazing <3

SHANNON on

OKAY, MOST OF YOU ARE FAILING TO REALIZE THAT ALL RAPPERS HAVE A GOD COMPLEX, ARE CONCEITED, NARCICISTIC, AND ARROGANT. IT IS PAR FOR THE COURSE. YOU HAVE TO BE IN ORDER TO BE CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO GET OUT THERE AND PERFORM. AS FOR HIS FASHION STATEMENT; HIS IS HIS OWN PERSON UNLIKE THE MASSES THAT WAIT FOR OTHERS TO TELL THEM WHAT IS IN FOR THAT MOMENT THEN GO OUT AND WASTE THEIR MONEY ON SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE TO FORCE THEIRSELVES TO LIKE IN THE FIRST PLACE. ENTERTAINERS ARE ALWAYS OVER THE TOP. KANYE IS A GREAT RAPPER AND ENTERTAINER AND HIS SELLS SUPPORT THAT. AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIM AND ALL THE OTHER RAPPERS AND ACTORS MAKING CLOTHING LINES IS THAT HE WAS AN ARTIST BEFORE HE WAS A RAPPER. I THINK THAT WHATEVER HE DESIGNS WILL APPEAL TO A MASS AUDIENCE. GET A LIFE AND GROW UP PEOPLE AND GET BACK THE COMMON SENSE YOU WERE BORN WITH.

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