Prabal Gurung has scrapped the location of his New York Fashion Week show in protest over President Trump supporter Stephen Ross.
Real estate mogul Ross is the chairman and founder of Related Companies, the firm that owns the Hudson Yards mixed-use complex in New York City.
Gurung was in negotiations to hold his 10-year anniversary show at Hudson Yards’ Vessel – a sculpture of interconnecting flights of stairs – during New York Fashion Week in September.
However, a backlash erupted after Ross announced he was hosting a fundraising luncheon at his Hamptons home for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for 2020.
People have called for a boycott of businesses and properties tied to Ross – including Equinox gyms and SoulCycle – in protest of his support of the controversial Republican, and now Gurung has taken a stand.
The designer took to Twitter to announce he was pulling out of the show at Hudsons Yards, and told his followers that he was prompted to make the decision due to the “turbulent and dangerous” political and social climate in the U.S.
“This is about choosing between two sides, the right or the wrong sides of the history,” the 40-year-old stated, before adding that he was simply questioning “these individuals whose motivation seems to be nothing but $$$”.
Gurung said that he was keen to partner with the Hudson Vessel for his show, but once he found out about Ross’ fundraiser for Trump, he had no choice but to pull out.
“Removing our brand and selves from this is my choice and that is my decision. I am not expecting anyone else to do it, however it was the right thing to do, for ME, and I do want to speak out to create transparency and awareness,” he concluded.
Spring Studios remains the official venue for New York Fashion Week, which kicks off 6 September.
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