Kanye West’s last-minute NYFW decision proves his lack of concern for others
A fashion designer is feeling left out in the cold after Kanye West upstaged her with his own designs at New York Fashion Week.
Nomad VII streetwear designer Anne Bowen complained that West's last-minute decision to show on Wednesday at noon totally screwed her over, because now no one will go to her show scheduled at the same time.
"We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor- and commitment-cost to our company," Bowen told Women's Wear Daily. "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.
"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," she griped. "We have put our heart and soul into our show, and should not be stepped on like this."
Bowen said that she is now moving her show to Thursday at considerable expense. "In order for our show to have any significance, we now have to move our date and time which is a logistical nightmare, three days out from our originally scheduled time."
The president of the CFDA, who runs New York Fashion Week, said the organization shouldn't do anything about it because they didn't know about it — in fact, the first he heard was by reading the New York Post. "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," said Steven Kolb.
West, who is showing his Kanye West X Adidas Originals Collection (Yeezy Season 2), has not commented on the issue.