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Will Fashion Still Flock to Kanye West?


President-Elect Donald Trump Holds Meetings At Trump Tower
Kanye West meeting with Donald Trump in December.
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Last season, Kanye West invited the fashion industry to Yeezy Season 4 the same day as the show itself. Without advanced notice, he asked them to get on a bus to an unknown location and devote nearly five hours to viewing a collection that looked a lot like previous collections, causing more than one editor to rant their way through the experience. Many left before it even started.

Four months later, and the industry is breathlessly reporting on the date and time of West’s next show: February 15th, 5 p.m., Pier 59. Various outlets note that it’s a far more convenient location than his last show, which was held on Roosevelt Island, but they don’t mention the other big change: Kanye’s support of President Trump, as evidenced by his announcement that if he’d voted, he’d have voted for Trump, as well as his December visit to Trump Tower, during which the old friends “discussed life.”

Ten days into the job, Trump and his administration have, among other things, enacted an immigration ban that’s been called illegal and unconstitutional by Elizabeth Warren, prompted Dan Rather to “shed a tear for the country,” and could cause “irreparable harm,” according to federal judge Ann Donnelly. The executive order’s prompted at least 42 protests across the country, as well as lawsuits from brands like Amazon and Microsoft. Other tech companies have come out swinging, and as Sheryl Sandberg just wrote in a Facebook post, “The Executive Orders issued over the past week defy the heart and values that define the best of our nation.”

The fashion and beauty industries, however, have been pretty quiet. Some have previously come out in support of the administration — when New Balance did, consumers set their sneakers on fire, and when Linda Bean of L.L.Bean donated to a Trump super PAC before his inauguration, the internet called for a boycott of the company — but very few have spoken out against. (Nike and REI are exceptions.) Consumers have been the most vocal, resulting in the Grab Your Wallet campaign, which boycotts the brands that sell, support, or engage with the Trump family name.

While fans initially voiced their disappointment following Kanye’s meeting at Trump Tower, they’ve since backed down almost completely. It’s still impossible to get your hands on a pair of Yeezys, fashion’s still eagerly awaiting his next show, and music appears to be like, whatever! His wife Kim, by the way, has made her views on the current administration (and the ban) crystal clear.

West has yet to comment on any of Trump’s actions since taking office. His fans — particularly his fashion fans — don’t seem to care. At all.