Just about every time Topshop CEO Sir Philip Green is in the same room as a famous person, he or she is suddenly rumored to be getting a Topshop line. In just the past year, it’s happened with John Galliano, Gwyneth Paltrow, Florence Welch–none of whom actually went on to design anything. So we’re naturally a bit skeptical about this latest report that rapper-turned-designer Kanye West, who has been preparing for his next Paris Fashion Week outing in London, is in talks with Green to create a Topshop range of his own.
According to the UK’s Daily Mirror, West and Green were spotted having lunch together (which is true), where they were “brainstorming” ideas. A “mole” told the paper, “Kanye has wanted to work with Sir Philip Green for some time. They were in the restaurant for several hours tossing ideas back and forth.” Hmm.
Sir Phillip Green, who is often quick to extinguish rumors of this nature and is probably, understandably, fed up with them, told the Mirror they just had lunch because they were hungry and he was doing a favor for his 19-year-old son who is apparently friends with West. “I had lunch with him and, sorry, do I have to report who I have lunch with in the Daily Mirror? He was very hungry. So was I. That’s what happens at lunchtime. There was no conversation going on. He’s a friend of my son.”
We’re not going to hold our breath waiting for a Kanye X Topshop collab to happen, but we wouldn’t be surprised if West was interested in one, or at least working with Green in some capacity. Or perhaps West was just picking his brain for business advice.