In the midst of his political rants and expressive interviews, rapper Kanye West was called out by Givenchy designer, Tony Spackman for stealing fashion sketches. West posted a design sketch via Twitter, depicting it as the beginning process of a new Yeezy collaboration with Adidas.
Along with the post, West said, “This is where a YEEZY study for base layer starts, I’m so excited about our new design team. Yeezy is no longer a fashion company we should be referred to as apparel or clothing or simple YEEZY.”
The sketch displays an anatomy of an athlete’s legs in movement, with footnotes for a design in the process for Nike. Eventually, Spackman’s design became the company’s Nike React running collection, promoting human comfort and freedom of movement.
According to Hypebeast, Spackman, a former Nike employee, turned to his Instagram story to post the original sketch and commented,
“When Kanye rips your 10-year-old Nike sketch and claims it.”
Instagram user, @diet_Prada, a fashion account known for calling out knock-offs, displayed the comparison. Social media users, also West’s fans, were appalled, commenting and doubting their loyalty to the fashion house. It was then noticed that West’s sketch uploaded was photoshopped, removing the date it originally had.
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Ever-controversial Kanye is no stranger to digging in the far reaches of the internet for inspiration. Is Ye just showing his creative process with inspiration images or claiming the work to be his own? Photoshopping out the title of the sketch in the top left corner is pretty much a dead giveaway lol. The original by designer @tonyspackman was done in 2005 for a @nike collection called "Living Apparel" which eventually became "Nike React", a running collection grounded in freedom of movement and human comfort. Can we just call it Yee💤y now? 😴 • #yeezy #kanyewest #kanye #kimye #theft #inspiration #illustration #design #fashiondesign #sportswear #streetwear #athleisure #nike #streetstyle #running #nikerunning #hypebeast #highsnobiety #snobshots #wiwt #ootd #copycat #knockoff #wtf #dietprada
West’s opinionated speeches about originality, tradition, and individuality have gone viral as his audience was only expecting new music from the artist. The 40-year-old rapper has yet to comment on the accusation.
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