Modern Living: Yves St. Debacle

A fashion writer's role, traditionally, is to lend a bit of tone to what otherwise might be a confusing free-for-all —namely, the Paris showings. As critiques of the latest fiasco boiled up last week, however, it was apparent that the fashion press had run totally out of patience with wispy Yves St. Laurent, long the sweetheart of haute couture.

Among his harsh critics was Eugenia Sheppard. "What a relief," she confided to her New York Post readers, "to write at last that a fashion collection is frankly, definitely and completely hideous." Chimed in the Guardian's Alison Adburgham: "A tour de force of...

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