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Originally Posted by pickpackpockpuck
Agree with your take on his clothes. Totally disagree about his response to criticism though. Saint Laurent is trying to punish anyone who even mildly criticizes Hedi. It's not like they're choosing not to advertise with a place that unnecessarily slams them. They're just being petty and vindictive. There's a difference. It's not the first time either.
Well would you spend money on advertising on a site that slams your products? Yes / No?
I wouldn't, I'm not saying that Heidi isn't a dick (I don't and won't own any Heidi clothes) but honestly, the model is: Fat Advertising Accounts = Playing Nice
If you want a proper critique, don't go to the person getting paid by the company who makes the product. This is the same for plenty of other industries, it's just a fact. Thinking that journalists swear some creed to remove all bias from thier holy scriptures is niave - the majority of them are beholden to thier benefactors, who are marketing departments usually.
I don't disagree with any of your main points, but you're playing the devil's advocate with a tad too much enthusiasm, because these things didn't need to be refuted.
Your hypothetical oversimplifies: even if on principle I don't do business with anyone who doesn't curry my favour, once I am in a business relationship with someone, it can only reflect poorly upon me to spastically sever that relationship over the first hiccup (read: criticism), regardless of whether it is faintly justifiable after the fact by a devil's advocate figure.
Furthermore, you can't call the consumer naive for going to a biased reviewer if that reviewer is the only one. "If you want a proper critique, don't go to the person getting paid by the company who makes the product"
is a fair statement, but these are the primary source of reviews and information about the new collections. Where else is anyone supposed to go?
And his name is Hedi like Eddie, not Heidi like Shirley Temple.
Originally Posted by futuresailors
"Celine is one of those minor-league labels that, in the absence of any fixed identity of its own, is destined to play along with the trends in order to keep up its claim to being a part of things."
This is horribly meaningless. Sometimes all that matters is what side of the bed they woke up on; they certainly fall over themselves lauding all kinds of crap from the big name labels. The result is a really strange feeling whenever you read the one review each year with teeth, like that of Saint Laurent above.