Don’t make an enemy like this.
It’s really important when you’re looking to show at New York Fashion Week each February and September to notify the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Why?
The CFDA, a body that includes some of America’s greatest and most-loved fashion names (think Diane von Furstenberg, the current Board Chairwoman) and is committed to developing talent and strengthening the fashion community within the U.S. And is for those reasons the official scheduler of shows for the week, meaning they ensure there are no clashes and everyone in fashion can see the shows they need to with little fuss or confusion.
But with Kanye West announcing his Yeezy season 5 presentation will take place during New York Fashion Week on February 15 at 5 p.m. at Pier 59 Studios without consulting said scheduling body, drama has ensued.
West’s show will sit between Anna Sui and Thom Browne, a time slot that has already been booked by Marchesa, WWD confirms.
The off-calendar Yeezy season 4 presentation, if you remember, caused outrage last year when the fashion press were kept waiting in the heat for the show to begin and travel times to the location of Roosevelt Island meant the press has to decide between the Kardashian-filled event or seeing presentations from Whit, Michelle Helene, R13 and the Parsons MFA Show.
So maybe none of us should be surprised that West is causing anger once again? It’s also pertinent to note that WWD called West’s decision “a bit of a bully move.”
“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,” Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, told WWD.
According to WWD, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig declined comment but we assume Champman’s husband Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax, might have something to say about the clash.
“This bad behaviour 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.”