Kanye West is showing his new collection at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, but he kind of forgot to check the books or notify the president of CFDA before scheduling his event—and he’s messing with two other designers’ slots.
According to WWD, West’s last-minute show kicks off on September 16, at the same time as designers Anne Bowen and Naeem Khan.
Bowen told WWD that she’d been working on her show for a full year and went through the proper procedures to reserve her slot, yet now she’s in an unfair circumstance – with Ye inevitably capturing her audience.
“Kanye knows he is a media sensation and it is just not ethical to do this. It’s like we are David and he is Goliath. We have put our heart and soul into our show, and should not be stepped on like this,” continued Bowen.
Now, due to Kanye’s beast mode scheduling, she’s moved her show to Thursday, Sept 17 at 12:30pm, but says between cancellation fees and rebooking models, photographers, makeup artists, and alerting all of her guests, it’s a nightmare scenario.
If you’re thinking the designers were the only ones in the dark. Think again. Steven Kolb, Council of Fashion Designers of America president, knew nothing of West presenting at Spring 2016 Fashion Week until he learned about it in the paper.
“The first I heard about the Kanye show was what I read in the Post,” said Kolb, who then reached out to the Adidas public relations people. “There was no listing on the Fashion Calendar, and we didn’t know about it. We can’t avoid conflicts unless we know someone’s doing it.”
West is presenting Yeezy Season 2, another installment of his Adidas Originals Collection. The show is scheduled for Wednesday at noon at Skylight Modern at 537 West 27th Street and touting another Vanessa Beecroft collaboration.