I'm the critic-at-large for The Cut, at New York Magazine.

Thomas Tait Showed Up the Bigger Brands

Thomas Tait Showed Up the Bigger Brands
nymag.com — Sometimes it's the small brands that find the sweet spot between high fashion and street appeal. People often ask me which shows are my personal favorites, and this season I'd have to say Balenciaga and Chanel, but often it's the small, obscure labels that leave the deepest impression, like the Eckhaus Latta show at PS1, where the models walked in a tight spiral among the guests and the clothes were simple and inventive.

Please Make High Fashion Women Will Want to Wear -- The Cut

Please Make High Fashion Women Will Want to Wear -- The Cut
nymag.com — The main question that preoccupied the Paris fall shows, which ended this week, was how to make clothes that women will actually want to wear. Nobody asked the question that explicitly - this is still a business of smoke and mirrors, as the Louis Vuitton show demonstrated with its reflective columns and front-row lineup of young celebrities - but the clothes made everything crystal clear.

The Five Things You Need for Fall

The Five Things You Need for Fall
nytimes.com — HAVE you noticed those Ferragamo ads with Daria Werbowy reclining in a houndstooth-check dress with matching heels that look like ice picks? No? She's clutching a matching purse with her red nails, she's wearing sheer black stockings, and frankly - I love Daria Werbowy - she looks like a lady bucking for 30 years to life.

Yves of Destruction

Yves of Destruction
nytimes.com — The thing to remember about Yves Saint Laurent, the greatest living couturier, is that he doesn't know when to quit. He is a man of extremes, a champion binger. Give him his favorite brand of cigarettes, Peter Stuyvesant, and he will run through them like a child running through corn.

A Wiener-Dog Bag Made Me a Street-Style Star -- The Cut

A Wiener-Dog Bag Made Me a Street-Style Star -- The Cut
nymag.com — Thanks to Hector Browne, I enjoyed modest success during Paris Fashion Week as a street-style star. In 30 years of covering shows this has never happened before - photographers rushing up to snap my picture as I trudged up the steps of the Grand Palais, some even murmuring, "So cute!"

Saint Laurent’s World of Twig-Thin Elitism -- The Cut

Saint Laurent’s World of Twig-Thin Elitism -- The Cut
nymag.com — When Karl Lagerfeld lived on Rue de l'Universite about a decade ago, he frequently entertained, and this morning when I looked at images of Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent models descending a staircase in sleek tuxedos and minidresses finished with a fat bow, I thought of the very elegant stone stairway in Lagerfeld's home at that time.

Hey, Beyoncé, It’s Your Look, but Maybe His Moment

Hey, Beyoncé, It’s Your Look, but Maybe His Moment
runway.blogs.nytimes.com — FOR THE LAST MONTH Rubin Singer has savored the thought that he was asked by Beyoncé Knowles to design her outfit for her Super Bowl performance on Sunday. Mr. Singer is a little known designer in New York - "I don't feel new, but I am," he said - and he has stayed tight-lipped on the design, while wondering what the mega-exposure could mean to his career.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Smart Pink Suit, Preserved in Memory and Kept Out of View

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Smart Pink Suit, Preserved in Memory and Kept Out of View
nytimes.com — On the plane back to Washington, in her pink Chanel suit, caked with her husband's blood, Jackie Kennedy resisted all suggestions from aides that she clean herself up. Instead, she just said, "Let them see what they've done." But for the half century since John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas on Nov.

And Just Like That, Balenciaga Is Back

And Just Like That, Balenciaga Is Back
nymag.com — Three years ago, Demna Gvasalia realized he was starting to hate his job. He was a designer at Louis­ Vuitton, barely in his 30s, feeding the beast of perhaps the most profitable luxury brand in the world. Not that Gvasalia, who grew up along the Black Sea in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, didn't count himself lucky.

The Erotic Punk Decadence of Rei Kawakubo

The Erotic Punk Decadence of Rei Kawakubo
nymag.com — Rei Kawakubo, the 73-year-old founder of Comme des Garçons, called her latest collection "18th-century punk," but it was really about sex. Kawakubo's show was positively the most erotic thing going in Paris, at least on the runways. Other designers yap about amour, and slip you another boyfriend jacket; Kawakubo gives you tongues and giant orifices lined in fuzz.
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