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Who are Balenciaga Gone and Kanye West's Remaining Fashion Friends?

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Just two weeks ago, Kanye West was the first model to take the runway at Balenciaga’s muddy 2023 Paris Fashion Week fashion show.

As WWD first reported on Friday, Balenciaga has officially cut all ties with the West after a series of anti-Semitic statements by the rapper and designer. Balenciaga’s parent company, Kering, did not disclose the reason for their decision.

“Balenciaga no longer has any affiliation with this artist or any plans for any future projects,” Kering told WWD. Images of West wearing Balenciaga clothing and accessories have been completely removed from the brand’s website. The Daily Beast reached out to Kering for comment.

With backlash from the fashion community mounting and Balenciaga being the last major company to cut all ties, it seems that every one of their remaining connections to the fashion world, except West, is in grave danger.

In September, it was reported that West had ended his relationship with Gap to a two-year, 10-year contract after criticizing the company, which he said had received praise for his designs and cut him out of the creative process. Under the terms of the division, Gap is still allowed to sell Yeezy Gap clothing.

At Paris Fashion Week, West dressed models in “White Lives Matter” shirts at the fashion show of her latest YZY collection, sparking an intense backlash. Since then, West has been a constant orator, citing LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault’s suggestion that “I KILLED MY BEST FRIEND”, a possible reference to designer Virgil Abloh, who passed away in 2021 after battling cancer.

Tremaine Emory, Supreme’s creative director, turned to West for comment. “Your best friend Virgil, NEGRO PLEASE, this time last year you said that Virgil’s designs were a disgrace to the black community in front of all your employees at Yeezy,” Emory wrote on Instagram.

Days later, West claimed that he was initially offered the position of artistic director at Louis Vuitton, which eventually went to Abloh, experiencing “a lot of pain and jealousy” as a result.

In the days following Paris Fashion Week, West Tucker Carlson Tonight He claimed that George Floyd died due to falsely taking fentanyl to claim he was “pro-life” and tweeted that he was going to “death scam on the Jewish people”, this comment locked him from Instagram and Twitter.

As the heavyweights of the fashion world moved away from the West, his anger did not subside.

In response to Adidas’ announcement that they are investigating their partnership with West, West wrote on Instagram, “FUUUUUUCK ADIDAS RAPEED MY ADIDAS AND STEAL MY DESIGNS.”

“After repeated efforts to resolve the situation privately, we have made the decision to review the partnership. During this period, we will continue to manage the existing product together.”

West’s complex relationship with Adidas is well documented: West and the brand first started a collaboration, debuting in 2015 with the YEEZY BOOST 750 shoes. West and Adidas continued to release a series of sneakers and conceptually alien slides that are now ubiquitous under the Yeezy line. Washington PostIt generates about $2 billion a year for Adidas, almost 10 percent of the company’s annual revenue.

But in June, West took to Instagram to raise the alarm about the brand’s newly launched Adilette 22 sandals, calling West a “fake YEEZY made by Adidas.” Adidas had not publicly commented on its provocative posts before announcing in October that it was reviewing its relationship with West.

It’s like being Adidas, I can literally say antisemitic *** and they can’t let me go.

Kanye West

The Anti-Defamation League is urging Adidas to sever all ties with the West, and other fashion intellectuals like model Gigi Hadid have spoken out to warn her for her behavior, but West is defiant: “The thing about being Adidas is, I can literally say Antisemitic *** and they can’t let me go,” West said this week. on the Drink Champs podcast. “What will happen now?”

The Daily Beast reached out to Adidas for comment.

Harlem-based brand Legendary6ix and designer Franky Baca accused West of “borrowing” design ideas without giving them proper credit.

Baca, whose concern is with YZY SHDZ sunglasses, said: rolling rock He said West’s collaborator, Digital Nas, reached out to him: “I’m talking to the creatives and stuff and I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s nice. We love it,” said Baca. “They said to me, ‘Yeah, you’re going to love this. And I said, ‘Okay, fine. And then, next thing I know, I see pictures of my glasses design on social media.

Other fashion establishments speak out against the West. After the West mocked fashion journalist Gabriella Karefa-Johnson with Instagram posts in response to her criticism of the fashion magazine White Lives Matter collection fashion made a statement of support to his employee.

fashion In the statement of the magazine, it was stated that he sided with Karefa-Johnson. “There is a need now more than ever for voices like his. In a private conversation with Ye today, she once again told the truth in the way she felt best, on her own terms.”

fashion editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was seen posing with West at New York Fashion Week in September, but did not make a public statement about her final words.

The Daily Beast reached out to Condé Nast and Wintour for comment.

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