Mimo was pilloried too, as I recall. The contrast stitch button-holes and odd colored laces on dress shoes. He continues to wear them and people accept that it is his choice. It's a little like criticizing Tibor for his retro style.
To me it is a little like art appreciation. Much of Picasso's later works looked almost childish, but it is accepted because he demonstrated earlier that he knew what he was doing. Had another artist started out doing child-like art without any history, he would be pilloried. What people want to know is that you know the rules before you set out breaking them.