Tell us if we're reading this wrong, but is the latest trend in high fashion slumming it? Cathy Horyn reports that Lanvin's Alber Elbaz is shaking everything up by "bring[ing] clear design integrity to shapes that appear simple, in fabrics like polyester...so that the clothes are hard to copy." Uh, what's so hard to copy about a polyster dress? That's called Target, sans designer label! Is expensive crap the new designer cheap? We scratch our heads, and wonder what that even means. [NYT]

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