Could this be a white flag in the on-going dispute between designer Hedi Slimane and critic Cathy Horyn?
The first shots were fired after Horyn, who had not been invited to the Saint Laurent show because of an eight year old grudge, wrote a (harsh) review of the show anyway based on digital images of the collection and explained her absence. Following the publication of that piece, Slimane took to his Twitter account to post "My Own Times," a rather nasty open letter railing against the critic. In the letter, Slimane called Horyn a "schoolyard bully" and a "publicist in disguise." When Horyn dismissed the open letter as "silly nonsense," Slimane took to Twitter again with two more tweets taking fire at the integrity of both Horyn and The New York Times.
Except that, after all that drama, Slimane has removed all the tweets about the issue, including the original open letter. There is no explanation left in it's place, so we're left to wonder what motivated the designer to delete them at all. PPR CEO François Henri Pinault already weighed in with his support of the Saint Laurent team and their decisions, so it is hard to imagine Slimane was forced to remove the offending tweets. Perhaps after near-complete radio silence from Horyn, Slimane decided the high road was the better choice here.
Unfortunately for Slimane, this is the internet, and nothing can ever truly be deleted. We just hope this marks the end of this fashion feud.