When Kanye West announced the return of Yeezy Season 5, confirming that the show would be held at Pier 59 Studios during New York Fashion Week invitees breathed a sigh of relief. Following in the tumultuous events of Season 4, which occurred the day before NYFW officially started and saw fashion's finest bussed out to Roosevelt Island, there was promise this time the show might run a whole lot smoother. However, it has come to light that Kanye failed to consult the CFDA who organise the week-long event and his show will now clash with Marchesa.
The CFDA are obviously not impressed. Speaking to WWD CFDA’s president and chief executive officer Kolb stated, “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.”
The 5pm time slot which fell between Anna Sui and Thom Browne, will now not be recognised as part of the official New York Fashion Week schedule. Kolb went on to state, “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." Although this is the second time West has caused a rift between himself and the organisers, they are not cancelling out future shows with the singer come designer, saying that they were very happy to work with him in the future on securing an available spot.
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