The fashion world is turning against Kanye West

The fashion world is turning against Kanye West

Celebrity Sightings in New York City – September 12, 2022 – Credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo / GC Images

Kanye West He faces repercussions (and harsh criticism) for his latest attention-seeking antics in fashion. After models strutted in “White Lives Matter” T-shirts during the YZY show in Paris on Monday, leaders in the fashion world slammed and slammed the instigator for his poorly executed attempt to send a message about race.

West, for his part, doubled down on the Candace Owens-endorsed “fashion statement” and weaponized his social media to 1) say that “Black Lives Matter was a scam,” and 2) attack Vogue magazine Editor Gabriela Kareva-Johnson, who called his White Lives Matter show “an incredibly irresponsible and dangerous act,” and 3) blames LVMH CEO Virgil Abloh for the death of alleged “best friend.”

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In other words, he backed the YZY line built on shit with even more shit. The Vogue magazine The editor put it best: “The T-shirts this man conceived, produced, and shared with the world are pure violence,” Kareva Johnson writes. “There is no excuse, there is no art here.”

Earlier in the day, Karefa-Johnson shared her thoughts on the show and explained that West “was trying to illustrate a dystopian world in a future when whiteness goes extinct,” but in reality, she said his show did something to the exact opposite effect: “It’s hugely irresponsible.” Supplying the most dangerous extremists with this kind of fantasy.”

Attacking the editor in four Instagram posts, West called Karefa-Johnson — who has more than 10 years of experience working in fashion journalism — a “robot” and “not a fashion person,” claiming his platform “broke the wizard”…when The computer cannot read the code.

later in the day, Vogue magazine She posted a statement on Instagram saying the magazine “stands with” Carva Johnson, and called West’s attack on her “unacceptable”. “Voices like hers are needed now more than ever,” the magazine wrote. And in a private meeting with Ye today, she once again spoke her truth in a way that felt best, on her own terms.

statement from Vogue magazine It came after West called Kareva-Johnson “my sister” in a post on his Instagram, said they met for “two hours” and claimed that famed director Baz Luhrmann filmed the interaction, at Anna Wintour’s request.

Rolling Stone We have reached out to Karva Johnson & Luhrmann for comment.

“We apologized to each other for the way we made each other feel,” West wrote. “We really got together and we both fought for acceptance in a world that isn’t our own.”

But Karefa-Johnson wasn’t the only one who found offense with West’s YZY line.

Among those who criticized his “White Lives Matter” T-shirts was Jaden Smith, who pulled out of the show, and subsequently chirp“I don’t care who it is, if I don’t feel the message, I’m out”; stunned Journalist Lynette Nylander also pulled out of the show, writing “It doesn’t matter what the intent was…it’s a perception of audiences out of context”; British Vogue magazine Editor Edward Enninful said the next day that the shirt was “insensitive, given the state of the world”. and Gigi Hadid from He deleted a comment on West’s InstagramHe wrote, “If there really is a point in any nonsense, [Karefa-Johnson] He might be the only person who can save you… You are a bully and a joke.”

In true Ye fashion, West channeled his frustration after the backlash by throwing an Instagram tantrum.

West tried to draw the late fashion icon Virgil Abloh to his defence, hinting that LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault “killed my best friend,” and that “everyone has a right to their opinion.” [so] There is mine. (LVMH representative said New York times that Arno had no “comment.”)

He mentioned Abloh is where Supreme’s creative director Tremaine Emory had to “draw the line,” calling out the rapper for his disrespect for Abloh during his life and after his death.

“At this time last year, you said Virgil’s designs were a disgrace to the black community to all of your yeezy employees,” Emory wrote. “Don’t let me get into the things you said about v after his death.” In the post, Emory implied that West “wasn’t invited” to Abloh’s private funeral and that despite knowing he had terminal cancer, West “rodged up on him in group conversations” and in interviews.

“You are so broken. Keep the virgin name out of your mouth. Keep the @gabriellak_j name out of your mouth,” Emory wrote.[You’re] not a victim, [you’re] Just an insecure narcissist dying for validation from the fashion world.”

But of course, West wasn’t done talking. A recent post on IG reads, “When I said war, I meant war.”

In perhaps the biggest fallout from the stunt to date, Adidas has announced that West’s partnership with the brand is now under review. (The YEEZY deal between West and adidas began in 2013.)

adidas has always been about creativity, innovation and supporting athletes and artists to achieve their vision. “The Adidas Yeezy partnership is one of the most successful collaborations in the history of our industry,” an Adidas spokesperson told Hypebeast in a statement. “We are proud of our team that has worked tirelessly throughout our cooperation with Ye and the iconic products born from it. We also realize that all successful partnerships are rooted in mutual respect and shared values. After repeated efforts to specifically resolve the situation, we have made the decision to put the partnership under review. We will continue to co-manage current product during this period.”

West responded to the statement on Instagram, writing “FUUUUUUCK ADIDAS” and accusing the brand of plagiarizing his work.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, who made waves with his fashion line Sean Jean, also took to social media to weigh in on West’s recent controversy through the lens that the racist rhetoric printed on the T-shirt extends far beyond the runway.

“I’m not about to talk about the last thing in the world happening on the internet, but the one I have to touch on is the ‘white lives matter’ t-shirt,” Diddy said in a recent Instagram video. “I’ve always been there and always will support my brother Kanye as a free-thinker. But the ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt, I don’t cringe with it, you know what I’m saying? I’m not with it.”

He added, “Right now, all America has planned for us is poverty, imprisonment, and death. So before I can get to any other lives matter – which all lives matter – but black lives matter, don’t play with it. Don’t wear the shirt. Don’t buy.” The shirt. Don’t play with the shirt. It’s no joke.”

Meanwhile, rather than a reflection, West is still bragging online about how much attention his latest offensive feat has gotten. “I just want to let everyone know that there was also some fashion this week…it wasn’t just about my model-changing shirt,” he wrote in the false start of all the hats. “Just kidding, my T-shirt on everyone’s shows. Nothing but my T-shirt. To the Arnaults that have hired anyone who works for me, remember that my only T-shirt has drawn attention.”

He also made way for a few other takes for good measure, including one at John Legend and Hailey Bieber, who endorsed Hadid in recalling West’s belief that Karefa-Johnson should simply have been honored for inviting her to his show, adding, “And Justin, piss off your girl.” before I get angry.”

This story was updated on 4/10 to include a statement from Vogue magazine Karefa-Johnson support and a new post from West regarding the editor and rapper meeting. Also updated 6/10 with comments from Didi.

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