West tried to walk into high-profile shows he didn’t have a seat assignment for, including Alexander McQueen and Balmain. At those shows he tried to use his star power as his ticket in.
That might have worked at shows produced by most public relations firms, but the three in question here were all run by KCD, which boasts one of the world’s most impressive fashion client rosters. (During New York Fashion Week, they run the door at Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and Anna Sui, just to name a few.) We like the people at KCD because they take what they do very seriously. And if you don’t have a ticket to one of their shows, you’re probably not going to get in. Even if you’re Kanye West.
Page Six reports that West eventually managed to get into the McQueen show by sweet talking the people who owned the building it was in — which he had to do because KCD turned him away at the door. He requested a seat at Balmain, but was told he couldn’t be accommodated because the guest list was limited. He showed up anyway and was summarily rebuffed.
At Vuitton, West wasn’t on the list and didn’t reach out for an invitation, so he wasn’t admitted. That’s gotta be hurtful for someone who’s designed things for Louis Vuitton in the past, but that’s the way shows work.
Should we feel sorry for West? Maybe not. He still breezed into Givenchy, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood without incident. But it’s worth noting that fashion shows are hard enough to produce without professional divas showing up and demanding a seat 15 minutes after the show was supposed to start.
Lesson learned? If you’re not on the list, just accept that you’re not on the list.
Paris cold-shoulders Kanye [Page Six]