Please, Marc, Don't Say It's Over

By now, everyone knows that the Marc show started two hours late-- And that many fashion critics (ahem, Suzy Menkes) are seriously ticked. In fact, M
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By now, everyone knows that the Marc show started two hours late-- And that many fashion critics (ahem, Suzy Menkes) are seriously ticked. In fact, M
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By now, everyone knows that the Marc show started two hours late-- And that many fashion critics (ahem, Suzy Menkes) are seriously ticked. In fact, Menkes says she would like to "murder [Marc] with her bare hands"-- though we think she'd need to be standing on a pair of very high MJ heels to be able to reach his neck. Marc's response is that we're lucky he does a show for us at all, given the the unfortunate combination of a bumped-up show schedule --in part because of the Jewish holidays, and in part because of the show season in Europe-- and the closure of Italian factories for the month of August. Still, there are plenty of other designers in New York using Italian fabrics and they manage to show "on time"--meaning about a half hour after the start time printed on the invitation. Now Marc is threatening to show in Europe next year and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg is -in her own words- begging him to stay in NY. Though Marc already shows Vuitton in Paris, and presented his fall Marc by Marc collection in London, we don't think he's really going anywhere. Marc knows he's got the most important show in New York and he likes it that way. After all, while a few retailers decamped early, even Ms. Menkes waited for the show. We think that's why there's been so much outrage directed at him; We're mad at ourselves, for caring enough, for waiting when it's clear he's just making us wait because he's the only designer in NY anyone would sit on bleachers for two hours to see. Marc may be like the loser boy who always keeps you waiting for dinner, but he's too cute to break up with. --ANNA FIELDING GRIGGS