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Kanye West to debut his women's collection at Paris Fashion Week

September 14, 2011 |  7:18 pm

Kanye West

Kanye West is headed to Paris Fashion Week, but don't expect to find him on his usual front-row perch. Come October, the rapper will be debuting his own clothing collection instead.

Though news of his womenswear line was confirmed in July, it was uncertain when West would debut it and how: a large-scale fashion event, or a quiet run-through for high-profile editors?

Predictably, Mr. West isn't starting small. During the Parisian runway shows, arguably the most important to the global industry, Kanye has a calendar listing on the heels of master Jean Paul Gaultier and label Loewe. He'll show at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

West collaborated on the duds with Christine Centenera, fashion editor for Australian Harper's Bazaar, which tres surprisingly broke the news of his participation in the upcoming shows. Perhaps his stylish new role will now ensure unfettered access to after-parties.

West adds this full-scale garment design effort to a 2009 sneaker collaboration with Louis Vuitton. That of course along with his day job, watching the throne.


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Photo: Kanye West performs in July at the Splendour in the Grass music festival in Woodford, Australia. Credit: Chris Hyde / Getty Images