Kanye West has surprised viewers at a fundraising concert for Superstorm Sandy victims by walking out on stage wearing a pleated leather skirt.
The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden in New York is being broadcast globally to help raise money for those affected by the storm, which devastated the eastern side of the US in October.
The event has drawn a huge number of big name acts including Roger Waters, The Who, Bon Jovi and Adam Sandler, but none prompted quite the same reaction as Kanye did with his unique outfit.
Social media exploded as soon as the rapper walked out on stage in the skirt, which he wore with pants, white sneakers and a large baggy hooded jumper.
Former wrestling star The Iron Sheik tweeted: "Kanye West try to wear skirt like he roddy piper [a wrestler famous for wearing a kilt] but he not the legend yet."
Barbara Evans, star of the US reality show Teen Mom, said: "WHY THA FRIG IS THIS KANYE WEST FELLAH WEAHIN A SKIRT??"
Jamal Simmons, a commentator for CBS and CNN, said: "Somebody want to explain to me why Kanye West is wearing a skirt? I've heard of Black Irish, but is he Black Scottish?"
The TV channel producing the concert Fuse TV appeared to thank the rapper for generating the fuss, saying: "@kanyewest wearing a leather skirt @TheGarden is our #121212concert hero."
But the stir is nothing compared to what Kanye caused at a similar TV fundraiser in 2005, when he ditched his teleprompter script and said "George Bush doesn't care about black people".
The rapper's brash statement, made in the middle of a concert for Hurricane Katrina, made headlines around the world and even ended up being used as the title for a protest song by rap group The Legendary K.O.
To donate to the Concert for Sandy Relief visit the website here.
Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Henri Paget.