The Woman Kanye West Looks to for Style Guidance


West London chanteuse Estelle tours with “American Boy” collaborator and newly minted Louis Vuitton sneaker designer Kanye West, so backstage at Nicole Miller, we asked her what she thought of Kanye's recent assertion that he dresses better than “a lot of gay people.” “Whaaaat?!” she replied, before quickly regaining her composure. “Oh whoo, that’s a hard one. He’s definitely in the running.” And yet Estelle says that Kanye never gives her style advice; in fact, she soothed his nerves at the Grammys: “I’m about to go onstage and Kanye actually asks me what I’m about to wear because he’s never sure,” she recalled. “He’s like, ‘What are you wearing? I’m trying to make it work. What color?’ And I went, ‘Silver with sparkly stuff on it!’ so he went and got the jacket and we matched it up.” Still, unlike Kanye, Estelle doesn't yet have her own clothing deal. “I will later on,” she assured us. “It will be a bridge between Grace Jones and Edie Sedgwick — kind of fresh, like how I dress now.”