Hedi Slimane vs. Cathy Horyn
“Let’s get ready to rumble!” Yikes, talk about “In this Corner”. That silly Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey dust up comes off like two kittens playing compared to the battle royale between Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent Paris versus Cathy Horyn, The New York Times fashion critic. I mean… brew-haha, only no one is laughing. What has bubbled up to a fever pitch between the fashion designer and the critic is beyond beyond. Let me preface this with, I am a huge Cathy Horyn fan and though she might be getting bad press these days between Lady Gaga, Oscar de la Renta and now Hedi Slimane, she still has my support.
In this cheapened age of instant gratification and every thought is announced to the planet, have we lost respect for our professionals and is it anyone’s guess who becomes king of the hill? Are reviewers who were once feared deflated to zero because of a fucking Tweet? If the answer is yes, then what hope is there for anyone? Why bother learning anything when one person with more followers can render you useless? There are moments that we turn a corner and such a corner is now turned. What if Hedi decided to blast Anna Wintour, and while he was at is, so did five or six other top designers that advertise in Vogue? Would that potentially begin to level her enormous power? If suddenly everyone started Twittering that Vogue is over and now it is all about Dasha Zhukova and Garage Magazine, would that potentially shift the powers that be away from what is the standard bearer of how this business works? Is social media going to be the demise of real power? In other words, WTF is going on here?