Why is the CFDA so mad at Kanye West?

Why is the CFDA so mad at Kanye West?


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The Yeezy Season 5 show announcement upsets NYFW schedule, pisses off CFDA

Though 'kerfuffles with Kanye' is starting to be a trend as of late, the singer and creative director has angered the Council of Fashion Designers America with the recent announcement of his Yeezy Season 5 show.

Slated to run in collaboration with Adidas at 5pm on February 15th, the show conflicts with the CFDA -scheduled, luxury womenswear brand Marchesa.

The contention appears to have arisen as the CFDA was not informed or consulted of the Yeezy schedule clash with Marchesa. Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA offered a statement to WWD, saying, "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 statement continued, "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."

Though there are reports of the statement being completely false, the CFDA and the designers of Marchesa are most likely to be displeased with the scheduling conflict, particularly in light of West's Yeezy Season 4 show at S/S'17 during which, due to the far-away location and required travel time conflicted with several other shows, meaning editors and buyers were made to decide which show to attend.

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