Even with his chart-topping success in music, Kanye West is magnetically drawn to fashion. In fact, it’s almost rare that one of his songs doesn’t include a reference to a fashion house or a designer. In 2009, he took time off from music to become an intern at Italian fashion house Fendi (His celebrity status didn’t get him any special treatment, apparently, since he was still required to fetch coffee. He described his experience to New York’s Hot 97 as “Every day, going to work, walking to work, getting cappuccinos…”)
Tagging fashion houses is almost a hobby for West, and in the 2011 hit “Dark Fantasy,” on the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he paid tribute to Phoebe Philo, British fashion designer and Creative Director for Céline, calling her out by name. He raps, “And my chick in that new Phoebe Philo,” referencing the girl he’s with looking good and stylish in her designer duds. The French design house is responsible for several women’s blouses, which West has been seen wearing on occasion (including to the 2011 Coachella Music Festival).
Ever keeping fashion on the forefront of his music, in “Ni**as in Paris West” (in collaboration with Jay-Z on the album Watch the Throne) named dropped some of his favorite designers, Margiela, Gucci and Louis (Vuitton) wrapping “ What’s Gucci my ni**a? What’s Louis my killa? What’s drugs my deala? What’s that jacket, Margiela?” The song was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 55th Grammy Awards.
West has a baby on the way with girlfriend Kim Kardashian, and there’s no doubt that the child will wear designer clothes from his or her earliest moments. We wonder if Margiela makes baby clothes?