Battle of the Boring

Fashion is a funny beast. Logic would dictate that in an industry obsessed with youth and trendiness, young designers would be the toast of the day and old hands would be as popular as great-aunts at Christmas. Guess again. Fashion eats its young. And the legends live on and on — treated respectfully until they choose to retire. There's even a special lexicon used to review collections of the old masters, no matter how out of date ("elegant!"), out of touch ("timeless!"), or dowdy ("refined!"). This discrepancy was blatantly apparent at the recent haute couture shows in Paris. The big show...

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