Visible Influence: Rappers Wearing High-Fashion, Pieces He Wears Fetching Higher Prices

Kanye West wasn't the first rapper to sit front row at a fashion show (guys like Tupac walked in Versace shows in the '90s), but what he did accomplish was bridging the gap between high-fashion and hip-hop. He learned the ins and outs of the industry by interning at spots like Fendi, and forged organic relationships with heavy-hitters like Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, and Riccardo Tisci, whom he enlisted to creatively direct parts of the Watch the Throne tour and album art. Now, anything Kanye wears, from a H&M collaboration to Alain Mikli-inspired shutter shades, to a women's Céline top, becomes an instant trend, not to mention automatically fetches a hefty price on sites like eBay.