You know how sometimes you get in those fights that are so old and obtuse that you can’t even remember what they were originally about? Well, that’s exactly the kind of thing in which Yves St. Laurent designer Hedi Slimane and New York Times fashion columnist Cathy Horyn are currently embroiled.
I guess something like eight years ago, Horyn wrote a review — not of Slimane’s show, but of designer Raf Simons’ work. In it, she claimed Slimane’s ascension would not have happened had it not been for the work of Simons. “Essentially I wrote that without Mr. Simons’s template of slim tailoring and street casting, there would not have been a Hedi Slimane,” explained Horyn in a 2012 blog post.
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A lot must fall on the shoulders of designer Sarah Bunton as the new head of Alexander McQueen. Bunton took the reigns at the label after the designer’s suicide in 2010, and has done an admirable job in carrying on his legacy; this past April, she was tapped to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. In this short film, Bunton talks with fashion writer Cathy Horyn about what makes a McQueen woman, and why the label’s looks always seem to be completely fresh and new. [Nowness]
“I hope it doesn’t go on. I don’t want it to continue … You know, we’re a nation of shoppers. That’s how people spend their time, shopping online, shopping in stores, acquiring. And I feel like we perpetuate that with Fashion’s Night Out. What are you really celebrating? Not art or great books. You’re celebrating shopping.”
– Cathy Horyn, New York Times fashion critic, provides yet another reason to end Fashion’s Night Out. I happen to think it’s simply a waste of everyone’s time. For more critical quotes from Horyn, including why Alexander Wang is a coward, click here. Keep reading »