Wed 13 Jul 2011
Kanye West’s passion for fashion has been well-documented: he interned at Fendi, designed sneakers with Louis Vuitton, enlisted Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci for the cover art of Watch The Throne, wore a gold chainmail tanktop at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and was rumored to be enrolling at London fashion school.
Now, according to fashion mag Grazia Daily, Kanye will debut his first womenswear line at New York Fashion Week this September. We’ve seen him try to launch a clothing line before, running through multiple design partners. But this time, the dapper West reportedly has studios in both London and NY and is working with British knitwear designer Louise Goldin and the head of the Central St. Martin’s Fashion Institute graduate school, Louise Wilson. (Central St. Martin’s is the alumnus of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and more.)
As for choosing women’s fashion over the menswear or sportwear….that’s not so surprising. Seeing as how Kanye has definitely worn women’s pieces (i.e. his Celine shirt at Coachella) and dressed women (i.e. styling his then-girlfriend Amber Rose for Elle Magazine).
Does the recent collection from Kanye’s designer Louise Goldin give use a sneak peek at what Kanye’s line will look like?
Check out photos and more….
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Louise Goldin’s Fall 2011 line: Wonder if similar ethnic graphic beading will show up on her Kanye collabo this fall? (photos via Fashionista)
Very interesting profile of Central St. Martin’s professor Louise Wilson via the UK’s Telegraph:
Professor Louise Wilson does not do tactful. ‘When they first arrive, really, my eyes bleed!’ she hoots, when asked about her MA fashion students at Central Saint Martins College of Art. ‘It’s only when they’re about to leave that they become people you might want to know.’…
This 45-year-old former designer could lay serious claim to the title of most influential person in British fashion: more than 90 per cent of the 20 or so students who graduate from her MA find themselves either starting their own label or are being snapped up by the world’s biggest fashion houses, including Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Chloé. Alber Elbaz, the designer at Lanvin, rings me not once but twice as he sets off for his holiday, so eager is he to wax lyrical about Wilson: ‘I have only superlatives to use,’ he tells me. ‘She is so emotional, so sensitive, so intelligent, so personal. I am so honoured that I have the chance to know her and work with her. Some of my best assistants were introduced to me by Louise.’ At the most recent London Fashion Week, more than a third of the designers showing on the catwalks were trained at Central Saint Martins, including those charged with British fashion’s current renaissance, such as Giles Deacon, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab and Todd Lynn, as well as the original enfant terrible of British fashion, Alexander McQueen. Hers is also the only graduate course deemed advanced and professional enough to put on a fashion show itself during the LFW schedule, where it has become a must-see for those hoping to spot fashion’s newest stars.
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Kanye styles Amber Rose for Elle Magazine