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Kanye West Has Revealed The London Riots Inspired His Designs

Didn't see that one coming.

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But now he's spoken out about the influences for his designs, and what he's revealed is pretty surprising.

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Speaking to Style.com, Kanye has explained that he was actually first inspired by the 2011 London Riots.

He said:

I also just wanted to say a major influence was the London riots because I was living in London at that time and saw the way that the kids wanted the clothes and I didn't have the skill set to do the more inexpensive clothes. This designer said to me one time, we were looking at something online, "This looks like a really bad couture designer that no one knows." Think about the idea of a really terrible couture designer, which there are a lot of. I didn't have the skill set to do inexpensive clothes. Now I have a team of really, really great designers that speak in a very Apple, Pixar-type [way].

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He wouldn't really be drawn on his other influences, however, saying "you guys know my fucking influences," and he drew a lot from Tumblr.

You guys know my fucking influences. I've got four influences and it's written all over the face, you know the combination. Just as much as Drake is influenced by Kanye West, you know my fucking influences. You see Raf Simons right there, you see Helmut, you see Margiela, you see Vanessa [Beecroft], you see Katharine Hamnett. It's blatantly right there. I'm not going to try and act like I was influenced by a fucking dog walking down the street that broke its ankle that I had a heartfelt discussion with. I had a heartfelt discussion with all of these fucking Helmut Lang images that I stared at for so many years. I had a heartfelt discussion with my Tumblr.

But it's the revelation that he has less time for fashion these days because he has to take North West to dance classes which is the best of all.

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He explained that being a dad and a husband influences him too, saying:

Workwear, utility, the idea of being a dad, no time to look in the mirror because I'm looking at my daughter, I'm looking at my wife. And I've got to take her to dance class.

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