Kanye West has angered a fellow designer prepping to present her collections at New York Fashion Week, after the rapper announced he is staging a fashion show at the last minute.
The Stronger hitmaker announced last week (ends13Sep15) that he has decided to present Yeezy Season 2, his collaboration with sports brand Adidas, on Wednesday (16Sep15) at noon, a move that especially surprised other designers who had been planning for months to stage their own shows at the exact same time.
In particular, designer Anne Bowen was scheduled to debut her new street collection, Nomad VII, during the same time slot, and now an angry Bowen is scrambling to reschedule her show for the next day (17Sep15), so as not to clash with West's runway presentation.
A frustrated Bowen tells Women's Wear Daily, "We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor and commitment-cost to our company. Our show date has been scheduled for months and has been on the Fashion Calendar for weeks... 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. We have put our heart and soul into our show, and should not be stepped on like this."
Her publicist adds, "We're scrambling like crazy and it's costing us a lot of money... and now we have to re-invite the press... We sent out printed invites by hand, and they're useless. We're trying to contact everyone by e-mail."
West's show will mark the rapper's second appearance at New York Fashion Week - earlier this year (15), he debuted his Yeezy Season 1 collection, with wife Kim Kardashian in the front row, alongside the likes of Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Sean 'Diddy' Combs.