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Kanye West shares photo promoting runway show for Balenciaga after hiring Melinda Gates’ lawyer

Kanye West teased Balenciaga’s upcoming runway show for their Summer 2023 collection with his Instagram following on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old rapper, who previously collaborated with the luxury fashion house, shared an image of a dirty old sedan that had the details scrawled on the window and hood.

It read ‘Balenciaga’ followed by ‘Summer 23 collection. Oct. 2nd, 2022 11:30 AM ET on Balenciaga.com.’

Coming soon: Kanye West teased Balenciaga’s upcoming runway show for their Summer 2023 collection with his Instagram following on Wednesday 

Kanye shared the photo to his Instagram story during the afternoon. 

The businessman previously collaborated with Balenciaga on the ‘Yeezy GAP engineered by Balenciaga’ collection, which released its second drop last week.

Sweaters, puffy jackets and other pieces/accessories from the collection retail for upwards of $80, according to the website.

Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia worked alongside the rapper, now known as Ye, to deliver ‘his vision of utilitarian design for all,’ as per Vogue Business. 

The line was released back in July though Kanye recently announced an end to his contract with Gap. It was supposed to be a 10-year deal, but he ended the partnership last week after just two years, as reported by Entrepreneur. 

The 45-year-old rapper, who previously collaborated with the luxury fashion house, shared an image of a dirty old sedan that had the details scrawled on the window and hood

The 45-year-old rapper, who previously collaborated with the luxury fashion house, shared an image of a dirty old sedan that had the details scrawled on the window and hood 

Supermodel: Kanye's ex-wife Kim Kardashian also has ties to Balenciaga as she recently appeared in the campaign for the brand's Winter 2022 collection

Supermodel: Kanye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian also has ties to Balenciaga as she recently appeared in the campaign for the brand’s Winter 2022 collection

‘I’m sorry, I am not going to argue with people that are broker than me about money,’ he said to CNBC. 

Kanye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian also has ties to Balenciaga as she recently appeared in the campaign for the brand’s Winter 2022 collection.

Despite public tensions between the pair, he notably showed support by sharing an image from Kim’s campaign to social media in February.

Kanye’s recent social media post came shortly after it was reported he hired Melinda Gates’ lawyer to handle a dispute with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian. 

Bigwig: Kanye's recent social media post came shortly after it was reported he hired Melinda Gates' lawyer to handle a dispute with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian; Kanye seen in May

Bigwig: Kanye’s recent social media post came shortly after it was reported he hired Melinda Gates’ lawyer to handle a dispute with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian; Kanye seen in May 

Slowing things down? At the time West switched representation from Melcher to Spector, Kardashian's lawyer Laura Wasser said that West had been 'strategically' switching lawyers in an effort to slow down the legal process in the split, Mirror reported (Kim and Kanye pictured 2016)

Slowing things down? At the time West switched representation from Melcher to Spector, Kardashian’s lawyer Laura Wasser said that West had been ‘strategically’ switching lawyers in an effort to slow down the legal process in the split, Mirror reported (Kim and Kanye pictured 2016)

Robert Stephan Cohen, who has also previously represented Rupert Murdoch and Chris Rock, has become Kanye’s sixth divorce attorney, according to TMZ.

As Cohen is in New York and Kanye’s legal separation being waged in Los Angeles, the rapper has also retained Beverly Hills based attorney Nicholas A Salick of Salick Family Law Group, APLC as counsel in California, reports the site.

Cohen marks the sixth attorney Kanye has hired in his divorce from Kim. Kanye is still working on settling custody and property issues with his ex-wife. 

Last month, Kanye’s fifth divorce lawyer, Samantha Spector, withdrew from the case due to an irreconcilable breakdown with the rapper.

Prior to Spector, West relieved attorney Chris Melcher of his duties in the case, TMZ reported in March.

Insiders told the outlet at the time that West had been indecisive in his dealings with Melcher, at some times looking to settle and other times looking to battle her in court.

At the time West switched representation from Melcher to Spector, Kardashian’s lawyer Laura Wasser said that West had been ‘strategically’ switching lawyers in an effort to slow down the legal process in the split, Mirror reported.

Bringing out the big guns: Robert Stephan Cohen, who has also previously represented Rupert Murdoch and Chris Rock, has become Kanye's sixth divorce attorney

Bringing out the big guns: Robert Stephan Cohen, who has also previously represented Rupert Murdoch and Chris Rock, has become Kanye’s sixth divorce attorney 

Split: Cohen represented Melinda during her divorce from Bill Gates, her husband of 27 years

Split: Cohen represented Melinda during her divorce from Bill Gates, her husband of 27 years 

Kardashian filed to divorce West in February of 2021 after more than six years of marriage and four children together. 

She began dating comic Pete Davidson last fall, but they split up after nine months together in August.

Kim has had a contentious co-parenting relationship with Kanye since their split.  

Family matters: Kim shares daughters North, nine, Chicago, four, and sons Saint, six, and Psalm, three, with West

Family matters: Kim shares daughters North, nine, Chicago, four, and sons Saint, six, and Psalm, three, with West

Several weeks ago, Kanye accused Kim and Hulu, the Kardashian family’s streaming giant partner, of railroading him when choosing where the kids go to school.

He compared himself to a sperm donor without a say, and fumed over the fact that the kids were attending a posh private school in L.A. when he wanted them to go to his school, the Donda Academy, set up in honor of his late mother.

In an apparent sign of victory – or at least peace with Kim – he recently shared videos of his two oldest children North, nine, and Saint, six, at his school – the Donda Academy. They appeared happily singing and dancing with a group of other children and teachers.

In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Kanye – who now goes by just Ye – explained that as he and Kim warred over the kids’ upbringing, he was also battling Adidas and Gap over creative control of his Yeezy products.

Splitsville: Kardashian filed to divorce West in February of 2021 after more than six years of marriage and four children together

Splitsville: Kardashian filed to divorce West in February of 2021 after more than six years of marriage and four children together

‘These little nuances… there were parallels at Gap, at Adidas and in my home. It was kind of a disregard for the voice I have in something I co-created. I co-created the children, I co-created the product at Gap and I co-created the product at Adidas,’ he said.

‘I want my kids to go to Donda and I have to fight for a say so.

He however said he had a ‘new respect’ for Kim, and that he always wanted her to be ‘calm’.

‘This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress that I have caused, even in my frustration, because God calls me to be stronger. I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children at the end of the day,’ he said.

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