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Jean Paul Gaultier Responds To Bad Review, Gets Snarky

"If you’re nostalgic for the time when I was considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion [then] please buy a ticket for my exhibition."

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Renowned fashion critic Tim Blanks penned an unfavorable, bordering-on-scathing review of the show for Gaultier, Blanks writes, "works a theme like a last nerve," and his collection featured "cartoonish curves rather than elegant lines." (Other burns: It's "down market," with a "sheeny brassness" throughout.)

Blanks then closed his review with a robust criticism of Gaultier's standing in the fashion industry:

A few outfits later, a "millefeuille de mousselines" 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.

A "millefeuille," by the way, is a French dessert that looks like this:


DELICIOUS. But sadly, not what Blanks is talking about. The phrase "millefeuille de mousselines" likely refers to a multitude of chiffon layers all floating around on top of each other. (A little bit like the flaky pastry in a well-made millefeuille, perhaps.)