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17 More Snarky Quotes From Fashion Show Reviews

Bad puns, “evil queens” and my favorite new adjective. I might not be wearing these clothes next spring, but I certainly will be saying “ass-paralyzing.”

Just like it was back in Milan, menswear fashion shows often leave critics grasping at straws. Here’s how they’re making their reviews good fun:

1. Dior Homme

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Lou Stoppard for ShowStudio.

2. Miharayasuhiro

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Tim Blanks coins a wonderful new adjective in his review for style.com.

3. Givenchy

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Charlie Porter, writing for the Financial Times, on Givenchy’s fanboys in the retail sector.

4. Raf Simons

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Cathy Horyn for the New York Times. And, listen, I don’t mean to be crass but if a 16-year-old boy tells you he’s on his computer late at night to look at fashion shows, well then he’s lying.

5. Maison Martin Margiela

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Grace Woodward, offering quintessentially British (read: fauxpologetic) criticism during a ShowStudio panel discussion.

6. Junya Watanabe

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Charlie Porter writing for the Financial Times, and risking the quality of his future coffee shop service in the process.

7. Thom Browne

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I loved the campy theatrics at Thom Browne, but The Independent’s fashion editor Alexander Fury did not.

And, for that matter, neither did Lou Stoppard writing for ShowStudio:


None of this had commercial potential beyond the costume department of some strange homoerotic cabaret version of On the Town.

8. Hermès

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Once you’re done ogling the toned torso above (no rush), here’s Jessica Michault’s review for NowFashion.

9. John Galliano

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Normally when fashion people discuss their “fountain of youth” it’s because they want to keep their new surgeon’s details on the down low. Writing for NowFashion, however, Lily Templeton gives the phrase a new direction.

10. Ann Demeulemeester

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And, continuing to follow Lily Templeton’s lead, we need to consider how pigeons feel about more fashion shows, quite frankly. If they’re pooping, they’re not convinced.

11. Saint Laurent

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Tim Blanks dances around the Saint Laurent models’ gaunt features with a musical justification.

12. Dries van Noten

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WWD letting us all know that they’re close enough with Dries to know what he does in his spare time, too.

13. Lanvin

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Basketball players are well dressed these days, after all.

14. Paul Smith

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It’s about time we had a good pun, don’t you think? This comes courtesy of Alex Veblen for style.com.

15. Louis Vuitton

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Colin McDowell in conversation during another ShowStudio panel.

16. Carven

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Jessica Michault, writing for NowFashion.

17. Rick Owens

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The designer himself, talking with Lou Stoppard backstage after his show.

We’ll leave this photo of Karl Lagerfeld here just because…

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