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Must Read: Kanye West Wants to Be the 'Michael Jackson of Apparel,' Forty Five Ten Hires Nick Wooster

Plus, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen talk about The Row's first New York City store.

These are the fashion stories making headlines this Thursday.

Kanye West told Ellen he wants to be "the Michael Jackson of apparel"
On a recent visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airing Thursday, Kanye West launched into a nearly eight-minute rant in which he covered topics ranging from his design career to asking Mark Zuckerberg for cash. He also told DeGeneres that he called the CEO of Payless Shoes to pitch a collaboration of some kind. "I have to be the Michael Jackson of apparel to break open the doors of everyone that will come after I'm gone." See the segment above. {Billboard}

Ashley Graham stars in sexy DNCE music video with Joe Jonas
Model and entrepreneur Ashley Graham has been working overtime this year, posing for the covers of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition and Maxim, launching her own ready-to-wear line and fronting Forever 21's activewear campaign. But she managed to help DNCE film its latest music video for "Toothbrush," in which Graham and singer Joe Jonas dance and make out around New York. It's cute. {YouTube}

Luxury retailer Forty Five Ten hired Nick Wooster as men's fashion and creative director
Dallas, Texas-based luxury retailer Forty Five Ten has tapped menswear and street style doyenne Nick Wooster as its men's fashion and creative director, and he will begin with the store's fall 2016 men's buy. Forty Five Ten is no stranger to such high-profile appointments: it named Taylor Tomasi Hill as vice president, fashion and creative director in February. {WWD}

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen speak to Vogue about The Row's first New York City flagship
In a rare joint interview, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen spoke to Vogue about The Row's first store in New York City: a "buttery/sandy/pale-toned" three-story townhouse filled with art at 17 East 71st Street. "We wanted the store to very much feel like a home—that's sort of the dream of here: a brownstone in New York," said Mary-Kate, who also revealed that she's never purchased anything online. {Vogue}

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Demna Gvasalia wouldn't pay for his own designs
His debut last season at Balenciaga was the most highly anticipated ticket at Paris Fashion Week, but the widely acclaimed artistic director and co-founder of Parisian streetwear-inspired label Vetements says he isn't his own customer. "I don't think I'm crazy fashion enough to go and buy those things. I'd rather go on holiday. I feel like it brings more use. Holidays are important. Holidays and quality time on your sofa." {The Telegraph}

Elizabeth Arden to unveil new digital campaign with Chelsea Handler, Iris Apfel, Gabi Gregg and more
It's no secret that beauty brands are using digital to resonate with a younger audience - cases in point: Gigi Hadid at Maybelline or Kendall Jenner for Estée. The latest? Elizabeth Arden, who announced on Thursday that it has enlisted Mia Moretti, fashion's coolest nona-genarian, Iris Apfel, and more influencers for a new campaign. Arden herself is reincarnated as the brand's new digital voice, "Liz" Arden, a fictional character who will "offer insider brand perspective while giving fans direct access to her inner circle and business-minded yet cheeky attitude." {WWD}

British examination board AQA to launch an A-level in fashion
The UK's Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) is putting fashion knowledge to the test. Students can now obtain professional certification in the field by studying influential designers such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Gaultier and McQueen and their influence on the industry as a whole, spanning textiles, design and manufacturing. {The Telegraph}

Rihanna reveals her Fenty Creepers in three new colors
Just in time for a warm weather resurgence of colorful sartorial choices, Puma announced three new colorways for the brand's Fenty creepers, the pièce de résistance of the activewear label's line with Rihanna. It's worth noting that all of their previous Fenty creeper releases have sold out, so we're expecting nothing less than Internet pandemonium when these drop on May 26. Set your alarms, people. {WWD} 

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