We've gotten used to watching Fern Mallis interview other members of the fashion industry as part of her "Fashion Icons" series at the 92nd Street Y. But at 92Y’s annual Artful Lunch charity luncheon thrown in her honor on Wednesday, the tables were turned. Mallis played interview subject to "The Today Show"'s Hoda Kotb and, thankfully, she addressed her ongoing feud with musician and aspiring designer Kanye West.
Mallis said she never thought her negative comments about West to The New York Post would go viral. "I just said, very casually, 'I'm kind of over Kanye,'" she recalled to Kotb. "I'm not a fan of his music and I think his agenda and attitude is just not my style. End of story--I didn't say anything about his collection or him. And that went viral."
Not only did her comments go viral, but West responded in a very Kanye-like manner: at 5 a.m. in a series of tweets. "His response was very long, several twitters in a row, explaining his philosophy and how difficult it is for him to be a designer," she explained. West concluded his twitter rant by asking Mallis to meet with him in person at the same downtown eatery where he caught up with former feud partner, Taylor Swift. "The Spotted Pig is getting a lot of press over this," said Mallis.
Mallis is interested in meeting with him, but on her own turf. "I actually want to invite him to the 92Y." Kotb concluded the interview by saying she was looking forward to that interview, and Mallis added, "Let's wait for his response, I haven't formally invited him."
Let us help you, Fern. You want this, he wants this, we want this. Nail down a date and we will be there with bells on. And by bells, I mean flesh-colored body stockings.