Kanye West’s Trying to Get Back to School

“Now, I’mma let you finish, Kanye, but Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, right here, is the most legendary, prestigious fashion school of all time. Are you sure you have what it takes?” While I would like to believe that this was one of Louise Wilson’s choice phrases during Kanye West’s interview concerning his decision to apply to the college’s MA fashion course, I suspect that Wilson has too much class to say something like that.

Yes, that’s right — Kanye West is looking to enter the fashion world. Will he succeed? The rapper has already dabbled in the industry with his work experience with Fendi and Louis Vuitton, but can the creativity showcased through his musical output translate into creations of wearable works of art?

The idea of entering the design world has enticed many media-driven personas in the past, with some achieving more success than others. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, though flying a little low on the radar lately, have recently designed a new highbrow fashion line, The Row, which includes tees, leather jackets, pants and eyewear. The pieces, though not quite at the caliber of haute designers like Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana, emulate the work of a sophisticated fashion designer.

Victoria Beckham has also found success in the fashion world. Her Spring 2011 collection of women’s dresses features a mix of straight silhouettes juxtaposed with tucks and overlays of fabric that create distinctive, chic summer cocktail dresses that boast of elegance and class.

If these media personalities can pull it off, maybe Kanye can too. Half of all NYU students probably own a pair of shutter shades, after all. The real question is, can he get his act together enough to play the part of diligent student on the quest to achieve domination over the fashion industry in one of its most prestigious institutions — one that has housed Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney? I think not.

Read the original article, published on March 10th, at the Washington Square News.

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