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Not everyone is excited about Kanye’s next show

The Yeezy designer has taken over the runway slots of existing designers, and one is not happy

If you didn’t know already, Kanye West’s namesake label Yeezy is back for a second season and showing at New York Fashion Week on September 16, but not everyone is thrilled about it. 

According to the official NYFW schedule, West’s show, scheduled at noon, clashes with designers Naeem Khan and Anne Bowen, who have been planning their shows with the CFDA for weeks.

Naeem Khan is yet to personally comment on West’s actions, but Anne Bowen is fuming. The designer was planning on unveiling her new streetwear collection, a similar style to West’s designs, and has now decided to reschedule her entire show to Thursday, September 17 at 12:30.

Speaking to WWD, Bowen said: “We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labour – 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,” Bowen continued.

“In order for our show to have any significance, we now have to move our date and time which is a logistical nightmare,” Bowen said. Following West’s actions, Bowen has filed a complaint to the CFDA calendar, who apparently were totally unaware of West showing his collection on the runway this year.

Speaking to WWD, Steven Kolb, president of the CFDA, said: “There was no listing on the Fashion Calendar, and we didn’t know about it. We can’t avoid conflicts unless we know someone’s doing it.” Shortly after speaking to WWD, Kolb reached out to the adidas public relations team, who are yet to comment. While the late addition of Yeezy’s show is certainly an inconvenience to some, it seems an inevitable consequence of a fashion week schedule that gets more and more packed every year – on the Wednesday West is due to show, there are 23 events on the official calendar, and that doesn’t include any independently organised shows or presentations.