*Kanye West is causing all kinds of headaches at New York’s Fashion Week after shoehorning his runway show into the schedule at the last minute – disrupting the schedules of other designers slated to present elsewhere on the same day.
Designer Anne Bowen called Yeezy’s move “unethical,” according to Us Weekly. Her streetwear line Nomad VII by Anne Bowen was already set for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon, when West added his collection to the lineup.
Indian-American designer Naeem Khan was also set to present at that same exact time, but her collection is drastically different from that of Bowen’s and Kanye’s, so her show is not in competition with the other two.
But Bowen’s clothing line targets a similar market to West’s adidas line, notes Us Weekly.
“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 on Sunday, Sept. 13. “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.”
Bowen complained to WWD that the whole situation was unfair. “Kanye knows he is a media sensation and it is just not ethical to do this,” she complained. “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.”
According to Bowen, she had to reschedule her presentation in order to make room for Ye’s show in the already-packed NYFW schedule. She will now present on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 12:30 p.m. ET, at Tao Downtown in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.
“In order for our show to have any significance, we now have to move our date and time which is a logistical nightmare,” she concluded. “Three days out from our originally scheduled time.”
Bowen’s publicist also noted how difficult it’s been for the designer and her team since the announcement was made. “We’re scrambling like crazy and it’s costing us a lot of money,” her rep noted, calling attention to booking fees and sending out new invites to the press. “We sent out printed invites by hand, and they’re useless. We’re trying to contact everyone by e-mail.”
While West has yet to address the complaints, he did find time to promote the sophomore season of his adidas Yeezy collection on Twitter:
SEASON 2 http://t.co/8T1uPQewkc
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 14, 2015