Kanye West’s Couture Cover Art

[tiImage width=”623″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2011/wrn/011011-kanye-623.jpg” credit=”Getty images (2); Courtesy photo (3)” align=”center” border=”0″ alt=””]Kanye West expresses his love of fashion in interesting ways: The rapper tapped Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci to design the cover art for his new song, “H.A.M.” (above), the first single off his new album Watch the Throne. You’ll notice the artwork includes crowns, stars and daggers, common themes in the designer’s clothing, as shown here on Tisci (center, with Ciara and West), in his jewelry and on the runway (seen at the Givenchy fall 2010 ready-to-wear show at right). Could this be a sign that we’ll hear a shout-out to Tisci in West’s next song? The track, which features Jay-Z, drops tomorrow.

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Beyonce's Birkin Christmas

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Jay-Z stopped by the Hermès store in New York City on Christmas Eve, and reportedly spent $350,000 on Birkin bags and other gifts for his wife, Beyonce Knowles, according to Page Six. If his whole shopping spree was just for Beyonce, than she definitely had a happy holiday weekend! How about you—what was the best thing you received for the holidays this year? Family time and good cheer? An amazing pair of shoes? Cashmere-lined gloves? (The last one was our personal holiday fave.) Tell us in the comments!

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