Designers Anne Bowen and Naeem Khan had events planned at the same time as Kanye’s surprise show. Anne explained why this is problematic.
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. 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.”
Yeah, I can see why this would be upsetting! Of course, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Kanye probably doesn’t care. He’s probably secretly thrilled that his show would be popular enough to even cause this type of upset.
Anne said she has moved the launch of her new street collection, Nomad VII by Anne Bowen, to Thursday, September 17 at 12:30 pm. Luckily, they were able to get the same location as their September 16th show.
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.”
OMG. Although they have moved the show, Anne’s rep said that getting the word out about the change isn’t easy.
We’re scrambling like crazy and it’s costing us a lot of money. 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.”
Although Anne has made a formal complaint, the CFDA President, Steven Kolb, said there isn’t much that he can do.
The first I heard about the Kanye show was what I read in the Post. 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.”
Kanye knows how to market himself! Hopefully everything works out for Anne and Naeem, who at least isn’t showing the same streetwear-type styles that Kanye designs.
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