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Gaultier Revives the Open Letter in Response to a Bad Review

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Over the Fourth of July holiday, Jean Paul Gaultier took to fashion's favorite form for communicating dissatisfaction with show critiques, the open letter, to respond to Tim Blanks' harsh words on the designer's cat-themed fall 2014 couture show in Style.com.

Among Blank's more biting statements are "Jean Paul Gaultier works a theme like a last nerve" and "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." Below, find Gaultier's equally burn-inducing response, which he typed out, then tweeted on July 4.

There are some solid comebacks here, but there was a missed opportunity on both the designer and the critics part for highly illustrative hotdog and hamburger imagery.
· Dear Tim Blanks... [Twitter/@JPGaultier]
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