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What the Critics Said About New York Fashion Week, and What They Really Meant

You know what it's like when you're at dinner with a bunch of people who work together and they start talking about that "report" or that "weird new girl" and you have no idea what they're talking about? In fact, they may as well be speaking another language? Well, fashion critics are the same way. Their reviews come out in a special breed of flowery, pretentious prose that — though fun to read because only they could come up with it — makes very little sense to fashion outsiders. So we've selected some of our favorite New York Fashion Week excerpts from our favorite critics and translated them into language we hope you understand.

Louboutin's Bags, Crow's Denim, and Duckie's Elbows

• Expect more handbags from Christian Louboutin's brand expansion, which also includes up to ten new U.S. boutiques and "aggressive protection" of the brand's trademarks, like those lovely red soles.

Marc Jacobs: Backlash to the Backlash

Ever since designer Marc Jacobs came back from rehab all tanned and buff, some reporters think that he has been "acting out" (clearly said reporters took a one-semester class in child psychology freshman year). There was his infamous Fashion Week show this fall, which was delayed for two hours, followed by infamous verbal fisticuffs with the International Herald Tribune's Suzy Menkes, followed by the hot nudie pictures in Out and Arena Hommes Plus and the blue — sorry "navy" — hair. A concerned Eric Wilson of the Times sat down with him to find out what it was all about:
"In the most basic way I can say it," he said, relighting a cigarette, "coming from a psychological place, what I love more than anything is attention. That is about as honest of a statement that I could possibly make. I want a reaction, because I want the attention."
It's not that we didn't already know that. It's just that, well, for him to just come out and say it makes this whole year of drama just … lovable. Loving and Hating Marc Jacobs [NYT] Related: Daily Intel's Marc Jacobs Obsession The Surreal Marc Has Designs on TV [NYM]