Kanye West Fendi Internship Involved Coffee Runs

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
May 7, 2012|3:09 pm

Renowned hip hop artist Kanye West is so passionate about the fashion industry that he reportedly moved to Rome in 2009 where he completed an internship program at top Italian fashion house Fendi.

The fashion designer's entry-level role at Fendi involved "going to work, walking to work, getting cappuccinos," he said at the time, according to dbtechno.com.

The 34-year-old made his very first debut as a designer in 2011 when he showed off his very first women's collection at Paris Fashion Week.

While his fashion line received mixed reviews, it was his return to Paris Fashion week during early 2012 which led to widespread criticisms and even accusations that he copied some looks from another big-name designer.

West was left red-faced after his show, which featured guests like Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and and Alicia Keys, after critics suggested that he was copying prior season looks from designer label Givenchy, according to the New York Daily News.

"Kanye West collection was so Givenchy-esque that it's embarrassing that Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci was an expected guest. Ten points off for copying the smart guy sitting next to you," the Wall Street Journal's Christina Binkley wrote.

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Others criticized West's repeated use of exotic animal skins and fur, after on-lookers spotted fur being used from crocodiles, a fox and even a young lamb.

"When Joan Smalls closed the show, wearing an adhesive black gauze dress with a strip of alligator running up the front, it seemed as if Mr. West's approach to making a dress was like a cook wrapping leftover turkey," New York Times fashion writer Eric Wilson wrote.

West is expected to make his reality TV debut on Kardashian's E! reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," where he will make regular appearances, according to Hollywood Life.

 

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