How do you describe clothes? When it’s something simple that you wear everyday it can be pretty easy. But if you’re a critic for say, a newspaper like The New York Times, and your job is to review high-end designer collections during New York Fashion Week, well, it can get a little tricky.
While everyone is rounding up the best and worst collections, we decided to compile the most interesting and imaginative criticisms and compare them to the looks. Most of these quotes come from the ubiquitous Cathy Horyn and Robin Givhan — prominent voices in fashion criticism. Tell us: Do you think these designs deserved such comparisons?
“Theyskens Theory a bit of a limp rag. A few interesting bits like long striped shirts but much looked recycled and repurposed w styling.” — a tweet from Cathy Horyn
“[Creatures of the Wind], designed by Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, is distinguished by its eccentric sensibility, which at times has mingled the gilded flourishes of a fairy princess with the street-hardened edges of a hobo.” — Robin Givhan, The Cut
“Mr Selman’s designs did not exhibit the kind of intellect that would attract cool girls who dress for themselves.” — Misty White Sidell, The Daily Mail
“There is an enormous range of styles and attitudes in Mr. de la Renta’s collection, from Ms. Kloss’s lanky vest and checked skirt, to a snooty tweed suit with a white lace collar, to a spree of faille cocktail dresses in birthday-cake pastels, to a naïve white cotton crochet dress.” — Cathy Horyn,