Looks like rapper Kanye West could not help but cause trouble at this year’s New York Fashion Week. West announced last-minute that there will be a Yeezy Season 2 fashion show on Wednesday September 16th at Noon and one designer is furious about it. Anne Bowen, who is known for designing wedding dresses, was planning on showing her new streetwear collection called Nomad VII by Anne Bowen at the exact time.
Bowen took her fashion frustrations to WWD:
“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. 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. 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,” continued Bowen.
Anne Bowen then stated that she has moved her show’s date to Thursday, September 17th at 12:30. Bowen fears that because they are both releasing a streetwear collection, that press would cover West’s show instead of hers.
“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,” said Bowen.
According to her publicist, “We’re scrambling like crazy and it’s costing us a lot of money.” She said there are cancellation fees and they’re trying to secure the same models and photographers, “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,” said the publicist.
Kanye West will be revealing his Yeezy Season 2 collection at Skylight Modern at 537 West 27th Street, with a performance once again by Vanessa Beecroft.