It's been nearly 10 years since Kanye West first appeared on the national music scene, and in that time, he's become just as well known for his distinctive style as he is for his award-winning albums. In the fall of 2011, Kanye made the official leap from rapper, singer and producer to fashion designer, debuting his Dw by Kanye West collection during Paris Fashion Week.
Reviews of his fall 2011 and subsequent spring 2012 shows have been mixed. While a few fashion critics have raved about his creativity and Rolling Stone magazine applauded his improvement from the first show to the second, most fashion critics have been underwhelmed, and some have panned his collections as "safe" or unoriginal -- two words that we wouldn't normally associate with the flamboyant star.
Whether his foray into the fashion business ultimately takes off or falls flat, Kanye's personal style always makes a statement. Here are 10 fashion lessons we can learn from Kanye West.