The New York Times Addresses the Drama

In case you can't get enough of the Hedi Slimane drama, you're in luck. Now the New York Times gets to have its says via Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, who penned a piece addressing the Cathy Horyn-related jabs this fashion month. Sullivan writes: "It’s been a strange few weeks for the fashion critic Cathy Horyn. First, she was the subject of a critical full-page ad in Women’s Wear Daily taken out by the legendary designer Oscar de la Renta. Now Lady Gaga has attacked her in lyrics, and the designer Hedi Slimane decided not to invite her to the Paris show of Saint Laurent, where he is creative director."

Much of the piece's content consists of quotes from Stuart Emmrish the paper's Style editor. Our favorites: "As for Lady Gaga, Mr. Emmrich was dismissive: 'Gaga is Gaga, and being outrageous, even vulgar, seems to be one of the ways she keeps herself in the public eye. I’m not going to concern myself with her opinions of our fashion coverage.'" As for Horyn's work, he told WWD: "I will let her work speak for itself, even when it is being inaccurately described ... We’re not going to get into an argument with anyone, but it goes without saying that we stand behind Cathy’s critiques, which are invariably insightful and completely fair.”

A related article by Eric Wilson, entitled "Paris Fashion Show (down)", touched on the subject, but first he talked Raf Simons. Of Simons' Spring collection for Dior (his debut for Dior), he said: 'The reviews were exceptional. Bridget Foley, in WWD, wrote that it was 'well worth every drop of anticipation and every second of the wait.' Ms. Menkes called it 'a triumph of 21st century modernism.'”

Of Slimane's debut, Wilson writes: "THE phone calls came late Monday morning, on the day of the Saint Laurent show. In turn, reporters and critics ... were each presented with what amounted to ground rules for covering the collection, which is highly unusual. There would be no backstage access before the show. Afterward, they were welcome to talk to Mr. Slimane, but they were not allowed to ask him questions, or use anything he might say in their coverage." Wilson details the seating arrangements or lack thereof. Individuals from Vogue were seated in the fourth row. Other industry VIPs (if they were invited at all) had to stand.

Of Slimane's collection itself, Wilson writes: "His fellow designers praised the collection for being 'very Saint Laurent' ... And it should be noted that retailers appeared enthusiastic ... But the collection was not entirely well received."