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Catty Cathy and Irksome Eric: New York Times Shows its Claws

  • For Mr. Hilfiger, the runway may be paved in imitation fieldstone, as it was on Sunday night in the Lincoln Center show space, but it's still a big Sisyphean ball of khaki. Materially, the output will never exceed the creative input, and so he, Mr. Hilfiger of New York, Nantucket and Mustique, is doomed to repeat himself. Or, more accurately, the Hilfiger design team is. -Cathy Horyn (Runway Review: Tommy Hilfiger)
  • People who complain bitterly this week that the system is overloaded to the verge of meaninglessness, that the scene in the lobby of the tents seems miles away from true fashion, are quite right. But, as the saying goes, you can't make the weather and then complain about it. -Cathy Horyn (Runway Review: Tommy Hilfiger)
  • Mr. Wang is not a great designer, though he probably would be happy to accept any laurels that people want to toss him, but he is clearly a shrewd guy.
  • Mr. Wang doesn't really have courage in the traditional sense of trying something new and difficult, but he does have China. Nearly all of his clothing is now produced there.
  • But don't fret for the 26-year-old Mr. Wang: the combined whiplash of globalization and the Internet all but guarantees that these clothes will look new to someone. -Cathy Horyn (Runway Review: Alexander Wang)
  • In the audience, there was Deborah Cox, the dance-hall diva and Broadway star, who has been working on a new musical about Josephine Baker. She has reportedly been considering a number of designers to create special outfits for the show, which was announced last year. I wanted to find out about its progress, but when I asked for her reaction to Mr. Lam's runway, she opened her mouth and said, "Croak." Oh, dear. -Eric Wilson (On the Runway:Derek Lam)
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