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

12/19/2008 at 06:04 PM ET

Andy Fossum/Startraks

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

miasja on

i think kanye is still messed up from his mother pasting. so he little messed up but i will not wear or buy any of his fashion line because he been off this year with his fashion statement so.. basely iam saying kanye west need take a break from the music bussiness and the fashion leave it up to people dat now what american’s like to wear… thats all i needed to say for this moment in time

Anthony on

Ok to all of those who complain about what he wears,says,or does heres a question,can you do better,if so are you,if not stop complaining and move on.And talking about his music is pointless because if you dont like it dont listen to it besides there are worse things in the world to worry about.

Derek McKenna on

Kanye has been exposed for what he really is: a half-baked rapper that is extremely delusional as to his level of greatness. I haven’t bought any of his music…and I won’t be buying any of his fashions either. I can live just fine without Kanye in my universe. If you want to hear real music, just goo-gle Guitar Bum Drew.

Ginna on

The Pants and the jacket dont blend right. idk i like his music. but not this outfit.

Kai on

I like Kanye and his music. However he suffers from periodic moments where he thinks he is God’s gift to the earth. He is a deeply conflicted man who seems to go through bouts of conciet and consciousness. He often rambles without thinking, can be witty and deep one minute and disturbling shallow the next as manisfested on his albums. He has built a name for himself so he will put clothing out probably to warm reception. His clothes are tight and ill-fitting, he is self absorbed and a loud-mouth. But isn’t that what people admire now a days?

Anand on

Kanye is an artist. He sings, he raps, he designs clothing. He is truly artistic. He may not be talented, but he enjoys it. If you wanna talk about talent, Lil Wayne is the greatest rapper alive. Damn right.

Courtney on

Well. i’m not the biggest fan of his attitude, but i love his music, and to be honest, his fashion is very non conventional, but it rocks, half the stuff he wears in the videos are then what’s hot in the streets, so instead of other designers jockin him, he’s gonna do it himself. Go Kanye!!!

deuce on

wow the lot of you seem to liek to comment but know little about fashion. how many of you shop in high end boutiques? in every video kanye has on amazing gear from awesome designers. his whole album theme is marc jacobs designed, even the font. yeah i might seem like a snob, but fashion, high fashion, matters only to a select few and those that dont know about it, or cant afford it, need to not comment

jennifer on

WELL DANG YALL NEEDS TO STOP JUDYiNG HIM HE IS A GOOD GUY HELPING OUT WITH CHRISTMAS DANG..HE IS HUMAN UGH HATE WHEN PEOPLE JUDY OTHER’S N DONT EVEN NO THEM GET A LIVE AND STOP HATiNG
~J3NNiF3R~

Anand on

Kayne has a unique taste. Some people like him, some people don’t. It’s a matter of opinion. Lil Wayne is undoubtedly the greatest rapper alive. First month, a milli albums sold. That was the day tha carter went gold.

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.

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.

Robert on

He’s ugly, and I think he doesn’t know it…

RyRy on

Kanye lookin like Tyrone Biggums. Damn son. Gotta give him props for giving the toys to kids though

Kenneth on

You guys are right,that outfit sucks. But Kanye is usually one of the best dressed artist in entertainment. And I guess it’s easy to diss him because he’s arrogant. Then again so was Muhammed Ali and 40 years later he’s concidered the greatest that ever done it.

dlr on

FUN Suit!
Hope he does well in the fashion industry…

missie on

he sucks anyway, so who cares?

Anna on

I think that Kanye is a trendsetter, both in the music and fashion industry. I love some of his music, and can’t wait to see if the whole fashion thing works out for him too. Best of luck, Kanye!

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