The Fashion Law Exclusive – Hedi Slimane and Cathy Horyn aren’t the only ones with a heated history. Jean Paul Gaultier and Style.com’s Tim Blanks have a bit of bad blood, as well. As always, Style.com reviewed just about every major collection this past fashion month. Noticeably absent: Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2014. You may recall that fashion critic Tim Blanks gave Gaultier’s Fall 2013 couture collection a not-to-spectacular review. To be specific, Blanks said one of the models looked “a bit down-market” and concluded his review with this line: “A few outfits … echoed Yves Saint Laurent’s way with color, as a reminder that Gaultier was once considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion. But that was once upon a time, and that time has, sad to say, well and truly passed.”
To this, Gaultier, 61, fired off an open letter to Blanks, in which he wrote: “Once upon a time you liked my shows “but that time has truly passed” and I respect it. But the Tim I knew before would never have made the attacks that are more personal than proffesional … In future, rather than be bored at my shows, you can use that time to do something else, for example brush up on your fashion history so you’ll kow that ‘mille feuille de mousseline’ didn’t echo Saint Laurent, it was inspired by a Nina Ricci dress from 1967 in homage to Gerard Pipard who recently passed away.” (You can catch the full letter here).
We thought the two may have buried the hatchet, as Style.com reviewed Gaultier’s subsequent S/S 2014 and Pre-Fall 2014 collections. Blanks penned the former, referring to the show as a “captivating spectacle” and writing: “Gaultier staged something so irresistible that even Catherine Deneuve was clapping in time by the finale” and “Gaultier’s trans-tux covered the he/she bases so effectively (fishnetted leg and all), it couldn’t help but drag us back to the moment when he was The Man.”
However, it appears that Blanks got the last laugh, so to speak. This season, instead of reviewing Gaultier’s collection on the industry’s go-to site for reviews and show images, Blanks simply refrained. Vogue’s Mark Holgate did, however, share his thoughts on the collection, noting the “madcap antics” apparent in the collection (think: “the Union Jack flag interpreted as everything from anoversize sweater mapped out in crisscross formations mapped out in criss-cross formations with zippers, or as a short velvet dress and mink bomber”, etc.) and writing: “Every now and then a flash of his brilliance would stand right there before you, such as an impeccably cut black leather blazer, its sleeves scissored off leaving only an extended shoulder line, or another black jacket, this time in grain de poudre wool, its front cascading with silver-and-gold beaded fringe.”