Balenciaga announces end of relationship with Kanye West

Kanye West has seen his estimated net worth plummet (Getty Images for Fast Company)

French fashion house Balenciaga has announced it will be cutting ties with Kanye West.

The decision was revealed by Balenciaga’s parent company Kering, which said in a statement to WWD: “Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist.”

The move comes after West, who has recently found himself embroiled in controversy over a number of antisemtic remarks, opened Balenciaga’s summer 2023 show earlier this month.

During the Paris fashion show, which saw West make his modelling debut, the rapper walked down a mud-splattered runway in a security guard-style jacket, leather trousers and a baseball cap, over which he pulled a hood. West completed the look with a branded mouthguard.

As noted by WWD, the image of West has since been removed from Balenciaga’s website.

The move comes despite a lenghty relationship with West and Balenciaga artistic director Demna, with who the rapper collaborated with earlier this year for his Yeezy line with Gap.

The Independent has contacted Balenciaga and a representative for West for comment.

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