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Kanye West's New Womenswear Collection "Will be Extraordinarily Expensive—And Possibly Unwearable"

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So, songster Kanye West's debut womenswear collection is set to take the runway this weekend at Paris fashion week. So far, all we really know is that he's working in collaboration with London menswear designer Katie Eary, knitwear designer Louise Goldin may or may not be involved, and West has taken advice from Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Director, Professor Louise Wilson. What else do we know? Here's a round-up of further possible details, after the jump.

To add to the rumormongering, here's what Rolling Stone has heard about West's first stab at luxury fashion:

"It will be "extraordinarily expensive"—and possibly unwearable. ...the fact some of it is so fantastical in concept it might literally be unproduceable, not to mention unwearable...

"The line's creation doubles as a fashion lesson: ...interns and students from Central St. Martins have been surreptitiously constructing the line under West's command (his own design skills are admittedly more theoretical than technical). Their secret compound is allegedly located at Turnmills, a defunct London nightclub...

"There will be colorblocking: ...With CSM alumnus (and famed colorblocker) Dean Quinn supposedly on board as a collaborator with the line, and West seemingly engrossed with [Christopher] Kane's highly praised and colorful collection, we might expect the rapper's own line to reflect those aesthetics...

"The line will also include inventive knitwear: ...With West aiming for a modern and relevant approach to luxury fashion, you can expect a high dose of rarefied fabrics to be used and for Goldin's geometrical, future-friendly motifs to shine through..."
· What to expect from Kanye's new womenswear line [Rolling Stone]
· All Kanye West coverage [Racked]