Kanye West’s last New York Fashion Week show was a huge mess. It was held on an island, it started two hours late, half the models nearly met their maker after standing in the hot sun for so long. That should have been enough for the Council of Fashion Designers of America to pull a Kanye and inform him that maybe he doesn’t need to show up for the next NYFW. But Kanye is showing his fifth collection of overpriced hobo Spanx for Yeezy on February 15th. And guess what? Kanye made things messy.
According to WWD, the CFDA wasn’t even sure if Kanye was going to make it to NYFW. They figured that he might bow out due to his mental breakdown. Kanye is apparently well enough to show Yeezy Season 5 and booked the 5pm slot on February 15th at Pier 59 Studios. The only problem is, the 5pm slot was already booked by Marchesa.
The CFDA is not happy about that. Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, gave a statement to WWD about Little Lord Kanye’s latest antics.
“Once again, CFDA was not approached or consulted about the possibility of Kanye West showing on the official New York Fashion Week schedule. As the scheduler of the week, the CFDA works with more than 300 brands to identify appropriate times for them to show their collections and avoid scheduling conflicts. Not going through the proper channels is disruptive to the whole week and unfair to designers who have secured spots through the formal procedure.
This bad behavior is not acceptable to the CFDA and should not be tolerated by the industry. Because of this, the CFDA will not list Kanye West on the official schedule. However, the CFDA is more than willing to work with Kanye on securing an available time slot.”
This isn’t the first time Kanye has called dibs on a time slot that has fucked things up for other designers. Not to mention that even if there is no schedule issues, he still manages to screw over other designers. When Kanye’s last disaster of a show was held on Roosevelt Island, it required so much additional travel time that it conflicted with four other fashion shows.
The Cut says that Kanye eventually decided to be reasonable and reschedule his show for 3pm on February 15th. But knowing Kanye, the show will start at least two hours late, and will still conflict with Marchesa’s show, and now we’re right back where we started.
It’s pretty obvious what needs to happen here. If the fashion industry refuses to accept Kanye as the sartorial genius that he is and make extra special schedule exceptions for Kanye, then he needs to launch his own fashion week. KWFW will be a week-long celebration of Kanye. Each show can be a bigger disaster than the last, and no snobby ol’ fashion industry types can say shit about it, because it’s HIS fashion week, goddammit! And maybe if he’s got an extra five or ten minutes to kill in the schedule, he could throw one of his in-laws a bone and let them show off their crappy clothes. I hear Khloe Kardashian has got some jeans or something.