Jean Paul Gaultier at couture - AltaRoma AltaModa July 2013
These days the catwalk is vined from all angles and the front row-ers tweet instead of clap, but fashion heavyweights are on a mission to bring back the dying art of letter writing. Yes we're talking about the fashion open letter.
Jean Paul Gaultier is the latest designer to sit back, pick up his pen and write a letter to planet fashion. Well, more specifically to Mr Tim Blanks after he panned his latest couture collection. Tim wrote a 'millefeuille de mousselines” echoed Yves Saint Laurent’s way with color, as a reminder that Gaultier was once considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion. But that was once upon a time, and that time has, sad to say, well and truly passed.'
This is what Jean Paul Gaultier had to say on that...
It's fair to say that open letters are en vogue this year, with the likes of Hedi Slimane, Oscar de la Renta and The Times' Laura Craik sharing their opinions in letter formats. Want to see how you write a fashion letter? Well take a look at some of the most infamous notes below...
1. An open letter from Hedi Slimane
Remember the Slimane fashion spat? The designer tweeted an open letter addressed to Cathy Horyn following her piece in the New York Times in which she slammed his Saint Laurent collection. In Cathy's letter she explained that Slimane had barred her from the show because he was offended by something she wrote back in 2004. He referred to her as 'a schoolyard bully' and an 'average writer', and called her personal style 'seriously challenged.'
2. An open letter from Laura Craik to Hedi Slimane
Laura Craik joined the Slimane spat and wrote an open letter which was printed in The Times. It addressed the unwelcoming atmosphere at the catwalk show as well as the the hoo-ha surrounding which name(s) the media should — and shouldn't — use:
3. An open letter from Oscar de la Renta
We have another open letter addressed to Cathy Horyn, this time penned by Oscar de la Renta who is responding to her comment that Oscar was 'far more a hot dog than an éminence grise of American fashion.'