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Kanye West’s Monster Fashion

The rapper’s dapper duds and out-there looks

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The recently unveiled Watch The Throne artwork for West's collaboration with Jay-Z comes courtesy of Givenchy design magus, Riccardo Tisci, whose bold sense of composition and evocation of the Gothic perfectly complements both rappers' flair for the dramatic and "sacred." But Kanye's been a long-time Tisci devotee, praising the designer in the media, on his blog, and representing his wares on the stage. Last year, he attracted buzz by donning Givenchy's "Jesus Is Lord" tee in concert at MTV's European Music Awards, an act that proved that 'Ye answers to no one  – except those who he hails as higher powers. In this case, we're confident that includes Tisci.

By Colleen Nika

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Shades of the Future

When Kanye West collaborated with Daft Punk in 2007, there was no cooler way to announce his arrival as rap's great futurist than to craft an engaging visual just as ahead of the curve as his new genre-expanding productions. The infamous Alain Mikli shutter shades he adopted as part of that look were featured first in the groundbreaking "Stronger" video, and became red carpet staples soon after. They not only conveyed his new techno optimism perfectly, they spawned a million knockoffs: everyone from other admiring pop stars to Chinatown merchants were soon proffering a pair.

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