“He was front row at almost every catwalk show earlier this year, and wore a women’s Celine cardigan on stage last month. Now Kanye West has taken his sartorial instincts to the next level.
The rapper, 33, has commissioned a line of scarves in collaboration with French design partnership M/M (Paris).
The five limited-edition designs, on sale from Monday, are based on paintings made for the cover of Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.
Artist George Condo’s original work for the album cover, which featured a nude portrait of the artist with a female beast on top of him, was allegedly banned from stores last autumn for being too racy.
Instead, Kanye decided to print the image in silk, along with four other design commissions based on his musical fantasies.
The star named them Power, Phoenix, Face, Priest and Ballerina, and each is set in a frame of gold lettering created by the M/M (Paris) team.
Only 100 of each scarf will be made, and will be sold exclusively through M/M (Paris)’s website, and at French boutique Colette for 250€ ($364).
A press release announcing the collaboration explains how Kanye asked M/M (Paris) to design the album packaging for the record last autumn.
It read: ‘During the creative process, M/M (Paris) created a series of hand drawn ornamented frames to adorn the Condo paintings.
‘The design team decided to use the most striking combinations of the paintings and the frames, and transform them into silk scarves.’
Controversy over Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album cover emerged last October.
The artist claimed the artwork had been banned by U.S. retailers due to the racy nature of the Phoenix design.
He unveiled the design via Twitter a month before the album was released, writing: ‘Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!’
Referring to the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind, which famously featured an image of a naked baby swimming, he continued: ‘So Nirvana can have a naked human being on their cover, but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.”
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