Professor Louise Wilson, MA fashion course director at Central Saint Martins, told The Guardian that she advised West about starting his own range, and that the rapper had recently made a donation to the college.
Goldin, known for her knitwear designs, is reportedly working with West from her studio in London, but the pair is expected to launch their label during New York fashion week.
West is a fixture at seasonal fashion shows, most recently attending the Givenchy couture presentation and Azzedine Alaia’s rare show in Paris. He is reported to have interned at the Gap in New York and expressed an interest in interning with Louis Vuitton or Fendi.
Instead, he’s recruiting interns for his own luxury label.
‘I can confirm that Kanye has been to visit me twice at Saint Martins and we have briefly discussed this collaboration,’ Wilson said. ‘His visit was in part to employ interns for his label, and it’s important to mention that he’s supported our fashion school and made an immediate donation to Saint Martins, which perhaps further demonstrates his passion for the industry.’
"I've known him for two years now and he's incredibly knowledgeable about fashion, he's a global phenomenon and a very interesting person. I think we can expect a well-considered collection, you wouldn't expect less from a pair of professionals and I warn against dismissing it in haste. There are those who might assume Louise will be doing all the work and Kanye is just the face, I don't believe this will be the case—he researches thoroughly and is hands on and committed to his work.’
Goldin is currently travelling and a representative declined to comment. But we do know this: that show is going to have one sick soundtrack...