In case you didn't hear, the Times' Cathy Horyn (left) was the only major fashion critic to love, love, love the Marc Jacobs show, and didn't seem the least bit put out by his tardiness. In fact, Horyn took a break from blogging about the remaining shows to defend her controversial position: "All the time I say to young designers, 'Give me a new contemporary version of sexiness. Show me something other than a sweetheart neckline, a corseted waist, and an Alaïa homage.' I've been waiting, and not seeing it. So when I saw the way Jacobs had stripped down those dresses, expressing a natural élan as much as a silhouette that any person can draw upon, he had my vote." In other words, he showed some flat-chested nipple-action? [On The Runway]

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Well, the Marc show drew on stuff she always references in her articles and on her blog - Commes de Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Margiela, etc. It was something she was definitely bound to love.

I like her, though she sometimes doesn't give more commercial designers enough credit. Or, when she praises a show by someone like Michael Kors, she does so with the tone that implies that she's letting her standards down by complimenting it. But it is a nice antidote to read her thoughts when so much of fashion is mass-produced, dumbed-down, or criticized for being too aloof when it gets provocative.

Though she did love the Ralph Lauren and Narciso shows (as did everyone else), and those aren't designers who resort to mouse prints or "too-small" heels to make a statement.

Plus, you know none of the stuff on the runway at Marc is actually going to look like that when it's on the racks.