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Kanye West Responds To Fashion Pioneer: 'I Don't Call Myself A Designer'

Kanye West just debuted his collection with Adidas during New York Fashion Week and he's already getting flak for it.

Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week, had some bones to pick with Yeezy, telling the New York Post "I'm kind of over Kanye." And in addition to not liking his music, she says that the rapper's famous ego and his "agenda is not my style."

On Friday morning, West responded to Mallis' statement in what looks like an open letter to the the founder via Twitter.

To Fern Mallis: I just want you to understand that attempting to do clothing has been very difficult

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

and I have encountered countless amounts of bigotry along the way.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

I have millions of ideas and I represent a new generation just trying to express themselves in a broken world.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

I don’t call myself a designer as I was not allowed to go to Saint Martins

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

because I was too famous by the time I realized I wanted to design.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

Fame is often looked down upon in the design world, so it’s actually been something I had to overcome.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

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 WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

We want to innovate and we will win someday.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

And as the icing on the cake, West wants to get drinks with Mallis.

If you wanna have a drink with me, book a table at the spotted pig when I’m back in NY.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 20, 2015

Although West directly references Mallis, she wasn't the only critic that wasn't that impressed with his collection. The Cut's critic-at-large Cathy Horyn penned a review on West's show, noting that the positive views on the clothing had more to do with his fame and power than his talent as a designer. And let's not forget her coined phrase that'll be ringing in a few minds for a while: "Kanye West hasn't graduated fashion school yet."

We guess it's time to do what even Kanye does best: The Kanye Shrug.

Kanye West x Adidas Original Show