The CFDA Isn’t Happy About Kanye West’s Last Minute Decision For A NYFW Time Slot

Not a good look, Yeezy.

Models pose during Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2016 in New York City.

Kanye West will be presenting Yeezy Season 5 during New York Fashion Week. However, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) isn’t very happy about his decision. Here’s why:

West chose his time slot for NYFW without consideration for who was already on schedule. He chose 5PM on Wednesday, February 15th, the same time as Marchesa (who has dressed Kim Kardashian a number of times and at whose show West once sat front row).

It’s rarely uncommon for time slots at NYFW to be packed with two or three conflicting shows. The CFDA works with its designers to prevent things like this from happening. “Once again, CFDA was not approached or consulted about the possibility of Kanye West showing on the official New York Fashion Week schedule,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb in a statement. “Not going through the proper channels is disruptive to the whole week and unfair to designers who have secured spots through the formal procedure.” And he doesn’t think we should put up with it: “This bad behavior is not acceptable to the CFDA and should not be tolerated by the industry.”

Yeezy Season 4, Roosevelt Island, New York.
Yeezy Season 4, Roosevelt Island, NY.

West doesn’t discriminate between emerging and established designers when he picks his time slots, either: Yeezy Season 4 overshadowed the Parsons MFA fashion show, and Marissa Webb and Adam Selman rescheduled their runways to avoid conflict with Yeezy Season 3.

Yeezy Season 3 show arrivals during New York Fashion Week: Women's Fall/Winter 2016 in New York City.  © LAN
Yeezy Season 3, Madison Square Garden, New York.

Kolb’s statement goes on to say that the CFDA will not add Yeezy Season 5 to its official schedule, but adds that the organization is willing to work with West to secure a better time slot.

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