Inside Kanye West and Irina Shayk’s fashion relationship

Kanye West and Irina Shayk’s relationship goes again greater than a decade.

On Wednesday, Page Six confirmed that the rapper-turned-designer, 44, and the Russian supermodel, 35, are courting — and whereas the information of their budding romance may come as a shock to some, the pair cast a bond within the fashion trade years in the past.

In 2010, a then-up-and-coming Shayk scored a cameo in West’s music video for “Power” and a shoutout in his music “Christian Dior Denim Flow.” Shortly after, she was forged in his Fall 2012 runway present at Paris Fashion Week.

At the time, the musician was designing below his Kanye West label; he wouldn’t debut his first Yeezy collection till 2015.

Shayk strutted her stuff on the catwalk, clad in a clingy velvet devoré costume, strappy gladiator-style boots and an outsized black leather-based coat, together with dramatic, smoky eye make-up.

Incidentally, Kim Kardashian — who on the time had simply began courting the rapper, however would go on to become West’s wife and the mom of his kids — was sitting front row at the same show, decked out in his designs.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian supported her then-boyfriend Kanye West at his Fall 2012 runway present in Paris.

“When I got a request to participate in the show, I was very thrilled and agreed immediately,” Shayk told PopSugar on the time.

“I consider Kanye West to be one of those rare people that bring new ideas into the world. He brought art into music, and now he is releasing his passion for fashion and I think that it’s absolutely amazing! It does not happen to many musicians. He has a good eye for fashion and he is not scared to try new things.”

In the years following, Shayk continued to help West’s fashion endeavors, stepping out in plenty of his clothes and footwear creations as she skyrocketed to street-style stardom.

Most not too long ago, she honored the late DMX in April by donning a $200 Yeezy x Balenciaga tribute tee that helped raise $1 million for the rapper’s family.

Irina Shayk stepped out wearing Balenciaga x Yeezy's $200 DMX tribute T-shirt, which helped raised $1 million for the late rapper’s family.
Irina Shayk stepped out sporting Balenciaga x Yeezy’s $200 DMX tribute T-shirt, which helped raised $1 million for the late rapper’s household.
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Both Shayk and West additionally occur to be shut pals with designer Riccardo Tisci, who served as Givenchy’s inventive director for 12 years earlier than taking the reins at Burberry in 2018.

Shayk has starred in campaigns and walked runways for Tisci throughout his time at each fashion homes, whereas West tapped him to create the duvet artwork for his 2011 album with Jay-Z, “Watch the Throne,” in addition to for 2012’s “Cruel Summer.”

Riccardo Tisci and Irina Shayk
Riccardo Tisci and shut buddy Irina Shayk attended a British Vogue x Tiffany & Co. celebration collectively in February 2020. (Shayk wore customized Burberry, naturally.)
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The musician later launched Tisci to Kardashian, and the Givenchy head went on to design quite a few seems for the shapewear and magnificence mogul, together with the notorious (and meme-tastic) floral robe and gloves she wore for her first Met Gala with West in 2013.

Tisci can also be rumored to have inspired West’s foray into fashion within the first place — and fittingly, was additionally seated entrance row on the fateful runway present through which Shayk walked.

Riccardo Tisci and Kanye West
Riccardo Tisci joined pal Kanye West on the rapper’s Fall 2012 runway present in Paris.

Kardashian, 40, filed for divorce from West in February, one month after Page Six broke the information that she was done with their relationship after seven years.

West and Shayk — who shares daughter Lea De Seine, 4, with ex Bradley Cooper — first fueled romance rumors on Wednesday, once they had been spotted vacationing together in Provence, France.

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