Kanye West is showing his collection for Adidas again this season, and in true Kanye West fashion, the rapper's team has scheduled his show (and scheduled a bit last minute) for Wednesday at noon. As a result, it will conflict with a number of others on the official New York Fashion Week Schedule. It directly clashes with the Naeem Khan and Anne Bowen shows and will undoubtedly affect those scheduled in the time slots before and after (because Kanye is not one for punctuality). Not surprisingly, designers are not amused.
Bowen, who has showed her eponymous label for over a decade in New York, has been rather vocal about the scheduling mishap. She told WWD: “We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labour – 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.”
She continued: “In order for our show to have any significance, we now have to move our date and time which is a logistical nightmare.” Following West’s last minute scheduling, Bowen has filed a complaint with those in charge of the CFDA calendar, who were “totally unaware of West showing his collection on the runway this year,” writes WWD. Speaking to WWD, Steven Kolb, president of the CFDA, said: “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.”
I guess we aren’t the only ones with a distaste for Kanye's flagrant (but absolutely calculated) approach to fashion. No one ever said he was a good designer, but we will certainly give it to him for knowing how to create publicity.