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Kanye West Makes His Return To Balmain To Star In New Campaign

Mode 'Ye is back in full effect alongside Joan Smalls for Balmain's new Fall/Winter campaign.

Model 'Ye is back. Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing tapped Kanye West to star in the glitzy fashion house's upcoming Fall/Winter campaign. This is a return project for Mr. West. Back in 2014, he modeled in their ‘Army Of Lovers’ Spring/Summer 2015 menswear campaign, so this isn't his first rodeo.

The ad for the campaign features Kanye with model, Joan Smalls. The Chicago rapper and Adidas designer is wearing what looks to be the custom beaded Balmain jacket he wore to the Met Gala this year (May 2).

The campaign, which is photographed by Steve Klein, features a fusion of music meeting fashion for a successful coalescence. The rapper-turned-fashion designer has been friends with Rousteing for a while now, and has even called been referred to as a "god" from Balmain's youngest creative director.

Rousteing has featured a slew of celebrities in his Balmain Army for campaigns recently. The Summer/Winter 2015 campaign featured West in-laws, Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

ARE U READY ? BALMAIN ARMY IS BACK #shotbyklein @stevenkleinstudio @pascaldangin @balmain

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Kanye continues to break down barriers in fashion. Congrats 'Ye.

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Rihanna To Collaborate With LVMH For Fenty Luxury Line

According to reports, Rihanna will be the first woman in history to create an original brand with LVMH, who will be collaborating with the mogul on a new luxury Maison.

Per a press release from LVMH, the Maison–called Fenty– will be created with Rihanna's vision in mind, and will release "ready to wear, shoes and accessories" in the Spring of 2019. She will be the first woman of color to head an LVMH Maison, and Fenty is the first new fashion house for the group since 1987.

“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us," Rih said in a statement. "Mr. Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits. I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”

“Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real CEO and a terrific leader," Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, added. "She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty Maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the Group resources. I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.”

Rihanna took to Instagram to confirm the news, writing that it was a "big day for the culture."

 

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big day for the culture. thank you Mr.Arnault for believing in this little girl from the left side of an island, and for giving me the opportunity to grow with you at @LVMH . This is proof that nothing is impossible. Glory be to God. 🙏🏿

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Stars Don Their Monday Best For 2019 Met Gala: See Our Favorite 'Fits

The Met Gala is always the fashion event of the year, and 2019 is certainly no different. As expected, the stars in attendance were able to let their guard down in order to revel in the celebrations, which took place at the Met on Monday, May 6.

This year’s theme is “Notes On ‘Camp.’” According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website, the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition “will explore the origins of camp's exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'" provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.”

Check out some of the standout fashions worn by some of your favorite stars below.

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Lil Wayne Gets Cozy With BAPE x UGG Sneaker Collaboration

Lil Wayne's UGG x BAPE collection is not only fly but cozy as well. The rapper, who's had a storied history with BAPE is teaming up with the brand in honor of their 25th anniversary.

Available Friday (April 27), the sneakers and slides are an even playing field for both brands. The sneaker features a brown suede upper with BAPE's shooting star logo on its side. The slides are just as comfortable with the BAPE branding mounted across the forefoot of the slides.

The rapper previously shared his thoughts on working with both brands with Complex. “It’s an honor ’cause Bape is one of the clothing lines that I still remember saving my money to buy,” he said in February. “I still remember making sure nobody else I seen in my city got my hoodie. Now, they got me involved with it?”

The sneakers will run $350 and the slides cost $250.

Take a look at the collection and Wayne's best BAPE moments below.

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