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September 3 2014

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Blasblog From Paris: No Really, Kanye Really Loves fashion

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Now, I haven’t been the only one to document Kanye West’s current obsession with anything and everything having to do with high fashion. It’s been reported in nearly every media outlet that if there’s a runway, you can expect Kanye (or “Kenny,” as the French and Japanese paparazzi refer to him) to be there. But it wasn’t until I sat behind him at the Elie Saab show yesterday that I realized just how deep that passion for fashion went. The mulleted part-time hip-hop artist told me that he was “sick, physically sick” at the thought that he had lost a piece of luggage with his favorite Margiela jacket in it. (Apparently he only just realized that one of his LV cases didn’t make it into his suite at Le Meurice, which leads me to wonder just how much luggage Monsieur West travels with.) He followed up the tale of woe with one of resourcefulness. Turns out that in his extensive experience in the fashion industry, he’s picked up a few tricks—like sewing. When the cleaners roughed up the white jacket he wore to Saab’s show they detached a part of the lining from the cuff. Well, a silly thing like an incompetent cleaner wasn’t going to mess up Kanye’s look, so he scooped up a sewing kit and whip-stitched it himself in the car on the way to the show. Maybe that’s why he was so late getting there.

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  1. ChanelUnderCover says:

    Kanye West is making his way into “icon-hood.” His music and fashion style has ignited a chromatic enterprise that is already ahead of the times. Genius.

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