Is Kanye West searching for ideas at New York Fashion Week, because he has designers worried that he’s going to steal their ideas for his 2014 clothing line.
Kanye West is still the newbie when it comes to the fashion world and unlike music designers frown upon other designers not being original, kind of like artists in the art world. You might say this is unlike music where you can jack sound, beats, tracks and rhymes like most rappers do when bitting off each other, which is the main reason why hip hop is lacking real hip hop these days.
Anyways, Ye was spotted making the rounds at Fashion Week for a clothing project he’s planning, and designers are expressing concern that he might try to rip off their ideas, sources tell Confidenti@l.
Yeezus was spotted last week looking miserable in the front row at Alexander Wang, Diesel Black Gold, Hood by Air and a show by British designer Louise Goldin, who’s married to West’s manager, Izvor (Izzy) Zivkovic. And now the fashion industry is slighting the Yeezus rapper for possibly jacking their hard work and efforts to create a line.
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Sources tell us they’re worried that their creations will be copied by the rapper, who has turned to LinkedIn to help staff his new fashion business.
“It was something that was discussed beforehand — ‘Do we let him in and risk our ideas being sold off by him?’ ” says our insider.
West’s company posted job listings on LinkedIn last week, seeking a vice president of production and a chief financial officer for an unnamed “Kanye West clothing project.”
The help-wanteds gave little insight into what West may be trying to achieve, besides saying the project “will leverage Mr. West’s success in high fashion and music to bring accessible style to malls and other outlets across America and around the world.”
Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend debuted his first clothing line in 2011 and recently collaborated with the highly respected French fashion house A.P.C. on a menswear line. Goldin also consulted with West for his own knitwear line.
As for Fashion Week, our source speculated: “He is there because he is coming out with a new clothing line and is desperate for ideas on what’s hot.”
When Confidenti@l tried quizzing West at the Diesel show Tuesday, he lashed out. “Don’t ask me questions!” he shouted at us. When we repeated our soft question, asking what he was wearing, baby North West’s moody new dad made a quick getaway through a side exit while his security manhandled us.
We also hear Kim has dumped her rep Jill Fritzo from PMK-BNC and replaced her with publicist Ina Treciokas from Slate PR.