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Kelly Cutrone on Kanye West's Fashion Line: 'He's a Joke as a Fashion Designer'

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While Kanye West may have had a broad range of supporters sitting front row at his Adidas show (Jay Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna, to name a few), not everyone is a fan of his new collection.

Kanye West attends the adidas show during Mercedes
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Kelly Cutrone, founder of fashion public relations firm People’s Revolution, didn’t hold back her opinions when it came to the rapper’s latest collaboration. “I’m not into his fashion thing,” she told PEOPLE Now. “I think he’s fine as a rapper. I think he’s a joke as a fashion designer.”

When asked if she at least liked the shoes in the line, Cutrone answered bluntly, “I mean, it’s not, he’s not legit. Have you seen the product?” she said. “Didn’t he have his own line in London, which was a disaster that he spent $10 million to do, that no one wore?”

The fashion publicist went on to explain exactly why she thinks the rapper should stay in the music industry and leave the designing to the professionals. “I just think that you should stay focused at what you’re good at. Just because you’re a good rapper doesn’t mean you’re going to be a good fashion designer,” she told PEOPLE. “I mean, we’ve seen that over and over. Sean John is a really successful line, but you know, no one in the fashion industry is waking up and going, ‘Hey did you get that … did you like, trade up your Moncler for your Sean John?’ No. Nobody’s saying that.”

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In a recent Style.com interview, West was very candid about how some of his fashion friends turned on him after he started dating now-wife Kim Kardashian.

“But as soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars,” he shared. “And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it to me.”

What do you think of Kanye’s fashion line? Do you agree with Kelly Cutrone, or would you wear his pieces?


–Sarah Kinonen

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