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Oh snap! Did Cathy Horyn just call Paris Fashion Week—wait for it—boring??? "After an exciting Milan ready-to-wear season, the Paris shows seem to be running at the speed of a 45-r.p.m. record." Then she goes and calls Balmain an unclever cliche: "The clothes were great for showing off the models’ long bodies, and so will produce sexy photographs, but punk is now a style cliché. That Balmain is one of the most expensive labels, with a plain undershirt (without holes) costing around $450, makes the notion of a safety-pinned jacket something of a joke—and not even a very clever one." And even Balenciaga didn't escape Horyn's harsh words: "Although the collection was well received (perhaps because the clothes looked at once novel and ready for the street), some of that boyish attitude recalled early Comme des Garçons." [NYT]