AceShowbiz - Kanye West's last-minute announcement to showcase his new X Adidas Originals Collection at New York Fashion Week has upset at least one fellow designer, Anne Bowen. CFDA president, Steven Kolb, reached out to Adidas after Anne filed a complaint.
"The first I heard about the Kanye show was what I read in the Post," Kolb commented on the matter to Women's Wear Daily. "There was no listing on the Fashion Calendar, and we didn't know about it. We canít avoid conflicts unless we know someone's doing it."
Kanye will hold his fashion show on September 16 at noon, the same slot when Anne will launch her new street collection, Nomad VII by Anne Bown. Due to the rapper's unexpected announcement, Anne and her team are now scrambling to reschedule her show to avoid clashing.
"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," she said. "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," the fashion designer continued.
"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," she added. "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."
Anne has since moved her show to September 17 at 12:30 P.M. at the same location, Tao at 92 Ninth Ave. "We're scrambling like crazy and it's costing us a lot of money," her publicist explained, "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." They also have to deal with cancellation fees and the headache of trying to secure the same models and photographers.
Another fashion show held on Wednesday is a showcase by Naeem Khan. Despite Kanye's surprise announcement, his rep said, "I can tell you that as of now, the show is going on as planned."
To WWD, Anne's camp argued that Khan's show wasn't as much a conflict for Bowen's since Naeem is showcasing eveningwear and Anne is showing a streetwear collection similar to Kanye's.