Balenciaga has reportedly removed Kanye West from all current and future partnerships.
According to a report by Daily Women’s Clothing Posted Friday, October 21, Kanye West’s widely publicized business relationship with Balenciaga in the fashion world has come to an abrupt end. The hugely popular designer brand not only cuts Ye from its current business ties, but also says that any possible plans for a future collaboration won’t be happening anytime soon.
“Balenciaga has no further relationship or future plans related to this artist,” a representative from Kering, Balenciaga’s parent company, said. WWD when it comes to Kanye West.
News of the company’s split follows the February launch of Kanye’s Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga clothing line and comes just weeks after Ye made an appearance on a mud catwalk at the collection’s unveiling. summer 2023 from Balenciaga on October 2. Days after the rapper-turned-fashion designer’s muddy walk, Kanye West began a series of questionable actions that plunged both Ye and the famous clothing brand into controversy.
After Ye and associates such as Candace Owens and Lauryn’s Hill daughter Selah made headlines wearing “White Lives Matter” t-shirts at a fashion show for Yeezy Season 9 Kanye Oct. 3, “All Falls Down” rapper-producer defended the controversial shirt, making numerous public comments along the way that landed him in hot water.
Amid strong Western backlash over ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt, Ye said he was ‘going to kill the Jewish people 3’, an anti-Semitic rant that drew quick and pointed responses from organizations such as the American Jewish Committee and JP Morgan Chase. Kanye West has since admitted he understands the hurt his comments caused the Jewish community.
“You know I’ll say I’m sorry for the people I hurt with the death scam [statement], the confusion I caused,” Ye said in a recent interview with Piers Morgan. “I feel like I caused pain and confusion. And I feel sorry for the families of people who had nothing to do with the trauma I went through. And that I used my platform, where you say hurt people, hurt people, and I got hurt.”
Kanye West also potentially faces a $250 million libel lawsuit that George Floyd’s family say they fully intend to pursue after the donda the artist’s false claims that Floyd’s death in May 2020 was caused by the use of fentanyl rather than the hands of convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin.
XXL reached out to the Balenciaga and Kanye West teams for statements regarding the status of their partnership.
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