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Kanye West's leather skirt steals the show at Sandy benefit

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Skirting the issue: Rapper Kanye West performs in a Givenchy leather skirt at a concert benefiting the victims of Hurricane Sandy on Dec. 12 in New York City.

Kanye’s never one to make a subtle entrance.

The rapper, 35, had Twitter abuzz Wednesday evening when he wore a Givenchy leather skirt paired with "meggings" (which are all the rage these days) at the 12-12-12 concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy. As he performed hits like “Gold Digger” and “Touch the Sky,” fans were far more interested in dissecting his unconventional outfit, with some calling it a “disaster” while others pondered whether “Beyonce wore it better” and wondered hey, “why no fishnets?”

Even celebrities chimed in, including (a little too) fashion-forward Jared Leto, who joked “OK, I admit it. I let Kanye borrow my skirt.”

And of course, as with all  big pop culture moments these days, the garment quickly spawned its own Twitter feed, @kanyesSkirt. According to a Thursday morning tweet, the skirt is currently in negotiations for its own "E! True Hollywood Story."

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Old territory: Kanye West, in a leather skirt, performs with Jay Z during the "Watch The Throne" tour on Nov. 6, 2011.

This isn’t Kanye’s first time in the women’s department. He has performed in a leather skirt before, including during a 2011 concert with Jay-Z in New Jersey. It’s a high fashion trend generally spotted on only the most fearless of male fashion risk-takers – like designer Marc Jacobs – so it’s no surprise Kanye would opt for the bold look: He now features collections on the Paris Fashion Week runway, designs sneakers for Louis Vuitton, and c’mon, gets away with women's shirts and even a red leather motorcycle jacket.

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A history of fashion: Kanye West at the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010; Kanye West makes a guest appearance during a Jay-Z concert on Sept. 13, 2010, in New York.

Kanye had at least one fan out there, his boo – Kim Kardashian, who tweeted, “Awwwwwwww I'm so excited right now!!!!! He looks so cute!"

 That’s the power of love, folks.

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