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Kanye Shows Us His Dystopian Future, and It Ain’t Pretty

September 12, 2016
via Allure

via Allure

I am a few days late and several dollars short on this one, but I can’t help but throw my opinion out on the Yeezy Season 4 fashion show, and everything it represented.

First of all, for those who don’t follow this type of thing, ( kudos to you for that!) Kanye West showed his Yeezy Season 4 collection last Wednesday, the first day of New York Fashion Week.

Although the clothes have been critically panned since the inception of Kanye-as-fashion designer a few years ago, the hype surrounding his shows is palpable. Last season’s spectacle at Madison Square Garden, where he debuted his much anticipated new album while having his stable of “not models” dressed in his latest collection standing on the stage was one of the most talked about shows of the season.

If we step away from the clothes for a moment, we can dwell on this season’s show itself, summing up much that is wrong with the (fashion) world in the process.

Kanye refuses to work with the fashion calendar, which painstakingly documents all of the shows, avoiding overlaps, or impossible transitions, especially for the big players. The newbies generally show at the beginning of the week. When Kanye blows through and announces his shows at the last minute, when they suit him, not the schedule, he negates the possibility of anyone with clout showing up for the newcomers premier shows, which occur at the same time. His shows are spectacles. One does not book the Garden the night before and coordinate a full on show | album release over night. He does this because he can, and that is terribly wrong on many levels. Adidas, who funds the collection, is also at fault, for allowing this disrespectful behavior to happen. The chairman of Adidas was quoted last year, stating that he would rather the company be polarizing than boring. Enter Kanye West, the master of polarizing, to save the day.

This season, he sent out the invitiations at the last minute and did not announce the location until the morning of the show. Editors, buyers and fashion press all flocked to the extreme west side at 1:30 sharp, to board busses to take them to Roosevelt Island, a spot in the East River that is not easily accessible. After being caught in horrendous traffic for 1 1/2 hours, the busses finally arrived at the island. The entire trip was well documented on social media, as the fashion flock complained of traffic, lack of water and snacks and the general horrors of riding a bus. Once there, they were subjected to being held in a waiting area in the blazing sun. The 3:00 show was rescheduled to 4:00, leaving everyone waiting even longer than anticipated. NO worries though: although there still was no water offered, there was in fact MERCH! An array of $75 tee shirts marking the occasion. The actual show began closer to 4:30, with a large group of “civilian” models standing in formation, a la Vanessa Beecroft style yet again. At least they started out that way. A few slumped to the ground, and at least one passed out. Nobody from Team Yeezy did anything about it. The clothes, once again looked like Spanx, in varying shades of nude. The audience sat wriggling in discomfort, virtually held hostage to the scene. A few enterprising editors hoofed it to the tram, or an area where waiting Ubers could pick them up for the rush hour trek back to the city. Was this all part of West’s master plan? He essentially highjacked fashion week, took the cream of the fashion crop out to a remote location, and forced them to sit in the hot sun, watching scantilly clad young women suffer to stay standing? Was this yet another turn on dystopian fiction, ala the Hunger Games or Divergent? While the fashion world disses his talent on the design front, who else could have pulled off a caper like this? Even half the Kardashians opted out of this debacle.

Later, he sent a group of well known models down the runway, bundled up in heavy outerwear, and thigh high boots, most of which were losing their heels. One model teetered to the point that one of the guests jumped up to help her walk. Another simply stopped mid- saunter and pulled hers off.

Commentary on the show blew up the Twitterverse, Snapchat and Instagram. None of it was positive. Those who didn’t make the trek were able to watch it unfold on Tidal, and a few other live streams. It was horrifying. Every publication and blog had a story on it the next morning.

As Stella Bugbee from New York Magazine’ s The Cut put it, the best thing everyone could do would be to not write about it. Yet she, and all of her colleagues did. Who really won here? Certainly not the press, the models or the public. Kanye, however, was the most talked about show of the current season. Whoever said all press is good press might be onto something.

The part that sickens me the most, is the sense of entitlement that comes with being so very entitled. With literally no regard for the comfort or treatment of his models or of his guests, he not only fed his ego by watching everyone suffer for his “art,” he also took away the opportunity to be seen from a group of young designers who have worked so hard for their craft, and struggled to get to the point that could show at fashion week. The money spent of showing to an empty room, might be the end for some of these start ups. How dare Kanye for so blithely stealing their moment, but more importantly, how dare the fashion squad for allowing him to.

While writers are criticizing him for his poorly exectuted show, bad treatment of models, and a rerun of the same items from past seasons that they panned the first time, we all know come February they will get sucked in to doing it again.

As one writer at Women’s Wear Daily summed it best,“This has become an abusive relationship. To a great extent, fashion and the press have only ourselves to blame. We’ve been world-class enablers of Kanye West, allowing him to put us at his mercy.”

The only way to stop this behavior is to boycott it. Next season, put your FOMO aside, and when that invite arrives at the last minute, JUST. SAY. NO.

Taking The High Road

August 1, 2016


Lately, it seems like people are going out of their way to use their notoriety to hurt others. Celebrity feuds on social media are so prevalent right now, with everyone publicly airing one another’s dirty laundry. It only takes 140 characters to assasinate one’s character these days.

We are also in an election cycle, so the nasty-grams seem to be magnified tenfold right now.

Politically speaking, I am not interested in hearing why I shouldn’t vote for your opponent. Don’t fill my newsfeed with reasons why they aren’t the right choice. Instead, tell me why you are the better option. Tell me about your skills, your passion and compassion, and your brilliant ideas to make the world a better place. We are bombarded with slanderous comments, onerous fact checking, and then dispute over those facts if they don’t suit our personal viewpoint.

All this comes on the heels of Kim Kardashian posting an authorized recording of Taylor Swift telling Kanye West that the lyrics he wrote about her in his then yet released song “Famous” are fine to use, after she publicly took offense to them when the song was released. Since, the Twitter-verse has explosively taken sides, even starting a hashtag inviting readers to the #taylorswiftisoverparty. Why would we, or anyone else for that matter, want to celebrate someone else’s demise?

Even a week later, the war rages on, with other celebs joining the fray and continuing to perpetuate the onslaught. Perhaps Ms. Swift did give her ok for Kanye to proclaim “ I made that bitch famous,” or perhaps she didn’t. It still doesn’t make it acceptable to drag her through the mud and make her walk on hot coals for the rest of her life. The joy people are taking in seeing someone with a flawless track record fall from grace is appalling. We no longer think about her talent, her music or her quiet philanthropy. Yet we dwell on her failed relationships and on a conversation recorded without consent (illegal in the state of California BTW,) that we have no right to be hearing at all.

When did we become a society whose personal value is based on the inferiority of others? When did someone else’s pain become a key source of our pleasure? Have we come to a place where we can’t accept culpability for our actions, and need to take down others to boost ourselves up?
I am quickly losing respect for politicians, celebrities and anyone else who needs to publicly bash others in a childish plea for attention.

As someone for whom I hold great respect recently said, “ When they go low, we go high.

Let’s take that advice to heart, and try to take the high road in our interactions for awhile and see how that goes. Who’s with me?

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March 31, 2014

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This week, outraged magazine readers fought back and opted to unsubscribe from their favorite monthlies over a disagreement with the editor in chief’s choices.

First it was Vogue. People love to hate Kim Kardashian, and when Anna Wintour put her and fiancé Kanye West on the cover of this month’s issue, the backlash was strong and swift. Many readers began campaigns to cancel their subscriptions, citing that Ms. Kardashian had no right to earn the highly coveted spot. She is not a model, reached fame through a homemade porn video,and has displayed questionable fashion sense in the past. She is not only one of the most “disliked” people in the business, she is also one of the most talked about.
It is always mind boggling to me, that every time a website posts a story about Kim Kardashian, a plethora of people take the time to log in, and post a derogatory comment. First of all, websites measure click throughs and comments to gauge the popularity of a post. Each of those people clicked through, presumably read the article, and then logged in, often to tell the site that they don’t care about her and that they should stop featuring her. Those click throughs and comments all add up, and send the editor and cyber bean counters a very different message.

While we are here, let me ask you another question? When was the last time a model graced the cover of your favorite fashion bible?
Uh-huh. Not recently. Celebrities, i.e. actresses and musicians sell more magazines at the newsstand than models. Models all want to be actresses anyways (and then they get their cover stories!) actresses all want to be fashion designers, and who knows what designers want to be anymore. Kim Kardashian and Vogue just experienced a huge PR boon, thanks to all the articles, interviews and Facebook posts that came about from people expressing dismay over her cover story.

A few days later, Self magazine came under fire. They featured a photo of 2 women running a marathon in tutus, and ridiculed the look. When readers discovered that one of those women was a cancer victim and made the tutus to raise money to fight the disease, they were outraged. Self’s editor in chief, Lucy Danziger issued a quick apology, which riled up her readership even more. She subsequently spoke to the women personally, and wrote a very positive article about her. Tutu sales jumped to the point that they cannot accept anymore orders. Readers responded with threats to cancel their subscriptions.

Had this women not been a cancer patient, and her choice of running attire not been philanthropic, would the outcry have been so strong? This is a magazine about women embracing their bodies and pursuing good health through diet and fitness. Is making fun of women running in tutus keeping true to the message the magazine hopes to convey? Anyone who trains for and completes a marathon is a role model. If doing so in a tutu provides motivation, we say “go for it!” Ms. Danziger not only apologized for the faux pas, but offered to work closely with the women to support her cause. She also brought great awareness to tutu project, which in turn brought them more orders. We all make mistakes, and this was a big one. It was also resolved to the best of the magazine’s ability. Isn’t that enough?

We are living in a world where we are so spoiled, that if a magazine features something that doesn’t suit us, we retaliate. How different is this to packing up our dolls and dishes and going home when we were 5 years old and our friend didn’t want to play the way we did?

We have a right to our opinions and a thanks to the internet, a forum to express them whether anyone wants to hear them or not.

Only time will tell if the magazines in question had any significant decline to subscriptions, or if the additional press served to sell more ad pages.

Now that that is cleared up, feel free to go back to postulateing  about Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling,” until someone else does something you can complian about.

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September 14, 2009


What is going on in the world lately? It seems that good manners and respectful behavior have gone the way of the Walkman!

This week, we saw South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson interrupt the President of the United States by calling him a liar during his speech on healthcare reform, tennis star Serena Williams had a very public meltdown at the US Open, and Kanye West grabbed the microphone out of Taylor Swift’s hand during her acceptance speech at the VMA’s, to talk about fellow nominee, Beyonce.
It doesn’t get much ruder than that!
We all have bad days, and sometimes say things we regret. These cases go much further than that. The ego, rudeness and audacity that these supposed role models have shown us, is unacceptable. To add insult to injury, each one has issued a self-serving and insincere statement justifying their behavior.
Hey Kanye, take a lesson from the grace and dignity that both Taylor Swift and Beyonce demonstrated last night. Make a real apology, mean it, and then quietly go away.
Sometimes you have to eat a little crow. We hear it tastes like chicken.

artwork: Courtesy of Perez Hilton

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