While Kanye West hasn't yet achieved James Franco levels of involvement across the spheres of culture, he's getting there: rumors abound that he's working on his debut collection of women's wear, supposedly readying it for New York Fashion Week this September.
Kanye is apparently maintaining studios in both East London and New York, and has hired knitwear rock star Louise Goldin to oversee design. He's also brought another Louise, "style dictator" Louise Wilson, into the fold as his personal tutor.
Kanye's been a front-row fixture at fashion events for years now. Some of his previous contributions to the world of fashion include some spectacularly ugly and stupidly expensive Nikes, some… uh, ostentatious silk scarves, and last but not least, a humble internship at the Gap. Also, he once unloaded this quote on an unsuspecting world:
"I won't go into a big spiel about reincarnation, but the first time I was in the Gucci store in Chicago was the closest I've ever felt to home."
I hope it goes well for Kanye. The fashion industry is a rough-and-tumble place — Yeezy's delicate feelings and low self-esteem could be hurt by some thoughtless fashionista who doesn't recognize his genius.