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Smackdown! 10 Times Fashion Critics Said What They Really Thought in 2015

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Hamish Bowles and Cathy Horyn at New York Fashion Week. Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Stringer

Hamish Bowles and Cathy Horyn at New York Fashion Week. Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Stringer

There are two kinds of fashion critics: those who write mostly positive things about the collections they see, with the occasional gentle suggestion or criticism swathed in compliments, and those who tend to have passionately polarizing views on every collection they review, and express those views with abandon (and little a thought about whether they'll get invited back to see the next one.)

As you can imagine, it's the latter critic that's more quotable. In celebration of that breed, we rounded up the 10 wittiest, most Tweet-worthy — let's call them truth bombs – published in 2015. (If we missed your favorite, please share it with us all in the comments section below.)

"Piece by piece, there were some good looks in the show, but it was mostly one-note, comparable to ordering a dozen boxes of Girl Scout cookies and winding up, somehow, with only Thin Mints." - Cathy Horyn on Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne's debut at DKNY.

"Choosing a theme of music festivals, [Alasdhair] Willis ignored the crafty, kooky ways fans actually style themselves at places like Coachella and Glastonbury, and instead put his models in drawstring sack dresses and translucent waxy slickers, like wedges of cheese waiting to be put away in the refrigerator. A confetti finale only underscored the joylessness of this particular parade." - Alexandra Jacobs on Hunter's final runway collection.

"Of course, films of the National Lampoon or American Pie school of puerile comedy will generally rake it in at the box office, despite evoking critical ire… [Jeremy] Scott's clothes are of that school." - Alexander Fury on Moschino designer Jeremy Scott.

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"[It] didn't exactly reshape my ideas of how we define underwear, though I confess that the concept of high-waisted, pinstriped big pants had never occurred to me." — Vanessa Friedman on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

"Trump may have his name plastered on assorted buildings, but he looks more like an ordinary, angry middle-management guy." - Robin Givhan, in a critique of Donald Trump's style.

"Also in red was Ms. Dunham's colleague, Allison Williams, though her ridged Armani Privé made that starlet, who recently played Peter Pan, look as if she'd flown down from a recently shelved box of Christmas ribbons." - Alexandra Jacobs on the Golden Globes red carpet.

"Maybe it was the unbearable fame of Beyoncé, Baby North and Anna Wintour, together in the front row; maybe it was that brave army of models and the nudity of their bodysuits; maybe it was Kanye West himself earnestly singing, 'I want to create something better for you' — whatever it was, the mental effect of the Adidas show was powerful. I relate the generally positive response it produced to Stockholm syndrome, a creeping problem in the fashion world, don't you think?" - Cathy Horyn on Kanye West's first Yeezy collection for Adidas.

"This second round of drab, broken-down basics proved he can't be taken seriously as a designer, but nevertheless many people in fashion do seem to take West seriously — they keep showing up expectantly for his performances — and that makes them fools." — Cathy Horyn on Kanye West's second Yeezy collection for Adidas.

"Most bafflingly, inflated bodices on two jumpsuits looked like car safety airbags for the breasts. It felt like a 'hostile mob,' to borrow the Minecraft term — a boy playing pixelated video games with women's bodies." - Alexandra Jacobs on J.W. Anderson's spring 2016 collection.

"It's a rummage through the dress-up box of recent history with a dollop of Vegas schmaltz, and that can be an easy sell to those who like a bit of decontextualized rhinestone with their irony for a night out — and don't care how flattering, or not, the result may be." — Vanessa Friedman on Olivier Rousteing's designs for Balmain.