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Kanye West: Fashion could crush me

Kanye West is in no doubt about exactly where he stands in the fashion industry.

(Cover) - EN Star Style - Kanye West fears he’d be “crushed” by heavyweight designers if he tried to compete with them, which is why he isn’t offering an opinion.

The hip-hop star presented his second Yeezy collection at New York Fashion Week earlier this month (Sep15), receiving mixed reviews for the beige and black collection. He’s not particularly interested in what people make of his range though, because he understands he has a set place in the fashion world.

“I’m not trying to particularly give a design opinion. I have friends who are designers who are so amazingly prolific that if I was even to try to step into that territory, I’d be completely crushed,” he told Vanity Fair magazine. “But there’s something about the way clothes fit and feel and the emotion that they give you and the details of them that I’ve been passionate about and addicted to since I was five years old.”

Kanye’s clothes are largely relaxed, boasting things like utility jackets and oversized sweatshirts. He decided on this aesthetic as he sees most people donning things like yoga leggings and T-shirts in everyday life, so wanted to create beautiful versions of them.

At the moment the star is talking to backers, which would allow him to expand his line. Creating his latest pieces took a lot of work from all his team – long hours and a great deal of travel were required. Initially he considered not putting a fashion show on for Spring/Summer 16, but he rejected that idea as he believes it would have been “too privileged”.

“Are you f**king kidding me? My toe is barely in the door, my foot is barely on the gas, I’ve got to press down harder,” he said. “The most successful thing about the second season was just doing the second season.”

Kanye is very aware of where he stands in the fashion world, and he’s keen to learn from others. He hopes many designers see how interested he is in what they do, so have a kind of fondness for him.

“I think the entire fashion world at a certain point sort of looks at me and looks at my family as a child of theirs. Maybe not someone that completely grew up with them, but like an adopted child that came in, like a 17-year-old adoptee, you know,” he laughed.

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