We’re all familiar with Kanye West and his god-complex, what with his being a menace on Twitter, on television, in the tabloids and in life. But now he’s being a total pain-in-the-butt to New York Fashion Week and its designers.
Thanks to West’s ridiculously late announcement that he will unveil both his latest Yeezy collection and new album Waves at an over-the-top Madison Square Garden spectacle on the first day of Fashion Week, designers who had planned their shows several months in advance are being forced to change their schedules.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 1, 2016
Both Marissa Webb (a former J. Crew designer and current Banana Republic creative advisor) and Adam Selman have been forced to change the time-slots for their long-scheduled shows because of Yeezus, who sauntered in at the last minute and stole the attention of their desired guests.
Webb and Selman had their shows planned in the Fashion Week calendar for 4pm and 5pm respectively on Feb.11th, but Kanye decided to throw his event during the same exact time-slots.
Because even well-established designers like Webb and Selman can’t compete for attention with a ridiculously extravagant arena fashion show that’s being simulcast around the world, they both changed their schedules.
“This was definitely a new one for us,” says Webb, who is now presenting her collection an hour earlier than scheduled. “But at the end of the day, the reason we hold a show is so that the editors, retailers, and friends of the brand, such as bloggers and customers who support us, can come and see the collection. Moving our show up an hour was the easiest way to make that possible, and my team and I are fortunate to have the partners that we do who helped make this change pretty seamless. I have to say, we’re pretty good at rolling with the waves.”
Good dig Marissa!
If you recall, this isn’t the first time West has screwed over a fellow designer. Last year he announced a last minute Yeezy show that stole the spotlight away from designer Anne Bowen.
“We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor and commitment-cost to our company,” Bowen said at the time. “Our show date has been scheduled for months and has been on the Fashion Calendar for weeks. Kanye knows he is a media sensation and it is just not ethical to do this.”
Stop being a Fashion Week jerk, Kanye! We know that you’re one of the biggest pop culture icons in the world, but announce your shows ahead of schedule like everyone else. Show some respect.