A Season of Drama

The Spring/Summer 2013 show season can be written into a movie, The Devil Wears Prada-style. Today is the last day and Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu have not shown yet, but with all the feuds, spats and open letters, they are enough to crown this season as the most epic season in years. Zac Posen’s PR got slapped in the face, Hakaan’s entire collection got stolen, Cathy Horyn Vs Oscar de la Renta and Cathy Horyn Vs Hedi Slimane.

The New York Times journalist is having a very controversial season. Her role is not common in the industry, a fashion critic. In an industry where people who can actually write and have the power to influence are mostly using flowery language, she is paid to analyze and criticize. Some people follow every word she pens out simply because it’s a different point of view. And to be honest, who actually understands the real science behind defining whether a collection is good or bad when everyone’s taste varies and everything designers create these days are supposed to appeal to the masses and make money? Understanding the inspiration and concept of a collection is one thing, a lot of journalists/bloggers are able to bring you a layer deeper than what you see on the surface (and I count on Tim Blanks, Style Bubble, Sarah Mower for that) but constructive judgement is another. Cathy uses pretty harsh terms but the fact that some designers actually get affected by her articles shows that they have respect for her, because with the amount of hate some online community throw around these days, the designers would have needed an army of people dispatching “open letters” to defend themselves.