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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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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[…] truly come a long way. Like, a really long way. He interned and learned about the fashion biz in 2008 and created and lost a label called Pastelle. He frequently let’s his taste be known, too. […]

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