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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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RICO on

I LOVE HIS MUSIC….AND LETS SEE WHAT HIS DESIGNS ARE BEFORE WE JUDGE THEM…

pamela on

GHETTO

Kevin on

Do I see Grey hairs???

kdiddy on

He has on some real nut huggers. LMAO!!!!

jess on

This guy is an arrogant person that all he know how to do is complain and complain. he needs to go fix that second row of teeth he got crammed on his mouth and stop acting like a glorified musician.

pokey on

He looks like an idiot.

Maxxer on

This dude cracks me up *a real life bobble head*
I just dont get it how is this gay oops guy become so important?
He has no singing talent (prooved that last week SNL) And it looks like someone dresses him so he will be made fun of WTF

Jannah Muhammad on

His outfit in this pic is scary, he is not attractive, and i havent seen any of the clothes hes disigned so i dont know. But his music is blaze regardless. He speaks his mind and you cant help but love it.George Bush does not care about black people.

Erick on

Player Haters everywhere!!

Brooke on

I love Kanye. A lot of people say he complains too much and stuff… but hey, that is what be a rock star is all about. I’m not going to lie… i’d rather hang out with a down-to-earth star.. but Kanye’s outrageous style & behavior is like totally the rock star thing to do. Also, his fashion is great. He’s not afraid of looking stupid and he breaks stereotypes which I think is awesome.

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