Controversies, Balenciaga has Officially Severed Ties with Kanye West

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Introduction

Balenciaga has been in the headlines a lot lately. Just last week, Demna Gvasalia’s brand showed its Fall 2017 collection during Paris Fashion Week, which featured some ripped jeans that were priced at $1,290 (and promptly received a parody on Twitter). Now, the house has announced it will no longer collaborate with Kanye West. At Paris Fashion Week this past October, West joined Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia on stage after his runway show to congratulate him and publicly praise the designer’s work. Earlier this year, a Balenciaga representative told us that the brand was not actively working on product collaborations with West but had “an ongoing relationship with him.

Balenciaga has no longer any relationship with this artist, nor any plans for future projects related to this artist,” Kering, the fashion brand’s parent company, said in a statement to Women’s Wear Daily on Friday, October 21. The 45-year-old “Heartless” rapper has long collaborated with the French fashion house, most recently opening their summer 2023 show earlier this year during Paris Fashion Week. Demna, Balenciaga’s creative director, also worked with West on his Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collection.

The fashions of the Chicago native made headlines earlier this year when he decided to end his Yeezy brand’s partnership with Gap, claiming the retailer did not uphold their agreement over distribution plans. Kanye West’s Most Outrageous Moments “While we share a vision of bringing high-quality, trend-forward, utilitarian design to all people through unique Omni experiences with Yeezy Gap, how we work together to deliver this vision is not aligned.” And we have decided to end the partnership,” Mark Breitbard, president and CEO of Gap Brand, told CNN in September.

“Yeezy Gap was launched to be a disruptive, highly creative endeavor – one that has challenged us to think and operate differently, attracted new, younger, and more diverse customers,” Breitbard continued. We will carry forward the new, hyper-entrepreneurial ways of working that we learned during this process.” Before his fashion controversy, in which he and Candace Owens wore “White Lives Matter” shirts during Paris Fashion Week, the “Stronger” performer made some Yeezy changes. “I just channel the energy when I do certain things.” It simply feels right. “It’s using a gut instinct, a connection with God, and just brilliance,” West explained on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight on October 6, defending his actions.

Balenciaga has been in the Headlines a lot Lately

The French luxury fashion house was the first thrust into controversy when it partnered with Kanye West on one of its two collections, which was released earlier this year. The partnership didn’t go well: many people took issue with the fact that Balenciaga had chosen such an unlikely partner for its first foray into high-fashion collaborations, and many others just found it hard to warm up to the idea of a rapper designing clothes.

The shoe designer Christian Louboutin has also gone on record saying that he’d never work with Kanye again because “[he] can do better.” Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin), Gigi Hadid, and Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson have all criticized West’s fashion choices. Diddy, for his part, spoke out and urged his friend to change his mind. West eventually doubled down on his stance, responding with a string of anti-Semitic messages. Kanye West Responds to ‘Vogue’ Editor Attack and ‘White Lives Matter’ T-Shirt: Hailey Bieber and Others “This is not a game.” Ima will use you as an example to demonstrate to the Jewish people who instructed you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me. “I told you it was war,” the Grammy winner said in a now-deleted Instagram post earlier this month to Diddy.

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Demna Gvasalia’s Brand Showed its Fall Collection

On the heels of the recent controversy, Balenciaga has officially severed ties with Kanye West. According to a statement released by the brand on Wednesday night, “Balenciaga has made it clear that it disagrees with Kanye West’s recent comments about racism.”

“In light of this decision, we have decided to end our relationship with Mr. West,” said Pablo Garcia Casals, director of communications at Balenciaga. “We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.”

Balenciaga has officially severed ties with Kanye West. The house announced on Wednesday that they will no longer collaborate with West, who has been designing for the house since 2015. In a statement released to WWD, Balenciaga said that it was looking for another designer to work with: “Balenciaga and Yeezy have ended their relationship after six years because of creative differences.”

West Joined Balenciaga Creative Director Demna Gvasalia

At Paris Fashion Week this past October, West joined Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia on stage after his runway show to congratulate him and publicly praise the designer’s work. The pair posed for pictures together, with West tweeting: “I had a great time tonight at Balenciagas presentation. We did it again!”

It was a warm gesture from someone who has become known for his controversial statements in recent years. In 2016 he said slavery was “a choice,” while last year he criticized US President Donald Trump as having “dragon energy.”

Earlier this year, a Balenciaga representative told us that the brand was not actively working on product collaborations with West but had “an ongoing relationship with him.” That’s not exactly what you want to hear about one of your most coveted clients. But it didn’t seem like there was much more we could do until now.

Kanye West’s only other Fashion Collaboration

Kanye West’s only other fashion collaboration was with Tomas Maier and Bottega Veneta, which ended in 2009. The collaboration included a collection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and shoes.

Conclusion

West’s only other fashion collaboration with Tomas Maier and Bottega Veneta ended in 2009. So this is a pretty big deal for the brand, which has been in the headlines a lot lately for its controversial designs.