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Hastily scheduled Kanye West runway show irks Fashion Week designers

By Arienne Thompson | Gannett News Service

New York Fashion Week is the epitome of organized chaos.

For seven days, designers show nonstop collections all based on a strategically planned schedule that’s pored over for months.

But, that means nothing to Kanye West. Shocking, right?

The Chicago rapper decided to pull off a last-minute bulldoze through the NYFW calendar, putting his Yeezy Season 2 show in the noon time slot on Wednesday. Problem is, other people were there first — and they’re not happy.

“Our show date has been scheduled for months and has been on the Fashion Calendar for weeks,” newcomer Anne Bowen griped to Women’s Wear Daily about feeling forced to reschedule her show. “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.”

And, celeb-certified designer Naeem Khan is showing at the same time, too, although he show will go on as planned, WWD reports.

Meanwhile, Kanye is allowing fans to watch his runway show live in theaters, including one undisclosed location in Chicago. Reservations for the simulcasts are being taken at