Kanye West Announces Surprise NYFW Show
Kanye West just ruffled some major feathers at New York Fashion Week after he announced last minute that he is putting on a fashion show Wednesday at noon. According to Women's Wear Daily, one designer in particular – Anne Bowen – is heated about it because she already scheduled her show for that time slot to debut her new streetwear collection, Nomad VII by Anne Bowen.
Naeem Khan is also scheduled to show his eveningwear collection during that time slot as well. "We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor- and commitment-cost to our company," Anne 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," she continued. "It's like we are David and he is Goliath. We have put our heart and soul into our show, and should not be stepped on like this." In spite of Anne's gripes, something tells us Kanye is going to continue doing what he feels nevertheless...and go on with the show.
Because of Kanye's last-minute scheduling move though, Anne said she has to move her show date to Thursday at 12:30 p.m. "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," she said. Anne's publicist also chimed in, saying, "it's costing us a lot of money."
Meanwhile, Naeem doesn't seem to be sweating it. A spokesman for his brand told WWD, "I can tell you that as of now, the show is going on as planned."
Kanye's show will mark the second time he has presented a collection at New York Fashion Week. Last February, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and our fave – North – who threw a tantrum during the show, were all in attendance.
No shade to Anne, but we can't wait to see what's in store at his show this go-round, from the clothes, to the celeb attendees to North's shade-throwing expressions. We are so ready for this.