After becoming the talk of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), thanks to the unveiling of his Adidas Yeezy Season 1 collection, Kanye West received backlash from some fashion industry big wigs.
Longtime fashion publicist/TV personality Kelly Cutrone trashed Ye’s line, calling him a joke, while NYFW creator Fern Mallis said she was “over” the rapper altogether.
After reading their statements, Kanye took to Twitter on Friday (Feb. 20) to respond.
In a series of tweets, he explained his current position in the fashion industry and the struggles he’s faced thus far, while extending an invitation to dinner to discuss his feelings further over dinner.
“To Fern Mallis: I just want you to understand that attempting to do clothing has been very difficult, and I have encountered countless amounts of bigotry along the way,” Ye began.
“I have millions of ideas and I represent a new generation just trying to express themselves in a broken world. I don’t call myself a designer as I was not allowed to go to Saint Martins because I was too famous by the time I realized I wanted to design”.”
“Fame is often looked down upon in the design world, so it’s actually been something I had to overcome. All we have are our dreams, and you can step on our dreams and ideas all you want, but we won’t stop fighting,” Kanye concluded. “We want to innovate and we will win someday.”