Kanye West is cutting in line and cutting some ties as his last minute decision to show Yeezy Season 2 at New York Fashion Week is causing an uproar.
Kanye just announced that on Wednesday he will be showing his Season 2 collection and streaming it live at 12 noon across the country, a time slot that was allocated to designer Anne Bowen and she is quite upset at the announcement.
Bowen told WWD: “We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor- and commitment-cost to our company. Our show date has been scheduled for months and has been on the Fashion Calendar for weeks. We went through all the proper channels to make this a reality. And just yesterday we learned that Kanye West is having a show at the same time on the same date as ours.”
Anne was planning to present her Nomad VII collection tomorrow but this move by Yeezy has cause Bowen to have to move her show date to Thursday, Sept. 17 at 12:30 at the same location she was previously planning — Tao at 92 Ninth Avenue, which has been a “logistical nightmare” for her team.
Bowen issued a complaint with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Calendar and Steven Kolb, president of the CFDA unaware of it stating, “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.”
Kanye’s line cutting is also bumping Indian-American fashion designer Naeem Khan out of his Wednesday spot as he was slated to present his latest evening wear line. Naeem’s show is scheduled for The Arc at Skylight at Moynihan Station on Wednesday at noon but he’s being a bit more flexible about it stating, “I am confident that the fans of the brand and those in industry who truly appreciate the art of design and craftsmanship, will come out to us [Wednesday]. I am thrilled with the new collection and we are looking forward to a great show.” Bowen feels that the change is not a big problem for Khan because his line is not a direct conflict with Kanye’s line but her street wear collection being moved is very frustrating. Ruffling the feathers of his fellow fashion designers could lose “Kanye for President” some very important votes.