• Thu, Oct 7 2010

Meet Kanye’s New Style Muse: 19-Year-Old Cassius Clay

It may not seem like Kanye West‘s new all red look has many patrician hipster overtones, but that might be changing over the next few weeks and months. Kanye is now taking style advice from a 19-year-old Yale student with a penchant for crested wingtips and Harry Potter glasses.

IvyGate broke the news on Cassius Clay‘s (yes, that’s his real name) involvement with Kanye earlier in September, but considering how inspired Kanye’s style choices have been lately, it seems time we paid some attention.

Kanye credits stylist Rushka Berman for his impressively stark VMAs performance:

But he’s also been working with Clay. According to the New York Post, Clay is helping Kanye restore his damaged image casused by interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs last year:

“[Kanye] was e-mailing Cassius saying, ‘You are an inspiration to me. I inspire people like Rihanna and Beyoncé and you inspire me. I need you during this difficult time,’ ” says Alex Klein, a Yale junior who runs in the same circles as Clay.

And now, rather than attending classes in New Haven, the Yale sophomore has been running around New York working with stylists to find new items for the star.

The two first met during a trip to Barney’s. Kayne complimented Clay’s Italian footwear and struck up a conversation. The next day Kanye bought shares in the company and started asking Clay for style advice. Not a bad way to extend your summer vacation.

What sort of influences should we expect from Clay? Probably way more old moneyed aristocratic touches. Maybe Kanye’s gold crown on SNL this weekend came from Cassius? From IvyGate:

“Cassius Marcellus Cornelius Clay [has an] aristocrat, eccentric, old-money, nouveau-style. It’s hard to miss him at Yale. At a lanky 6’5″, the baby-faced blonde, pocket-watch user, and cravat-wearer cuts an imposing figure. He’s also more ironic than a truckload of Tumblrs. The man dresses like some unholy hipster hybrid of Scott Schuman, a 19th-century robber-baron, and the Shah of Iran. Since Day-One of freshmen year, the bespectacled social-butterfly has been Modern Love-ing and DKE-ing, praising royalism with the fusty Tory Party, and lauding Lady Gaga and libraries in the YDN.”

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