It concerns me that other designers have little tact when speaking or being judgmental of others, especially when they offer no justification or credance to their evaluation.
Like you, I too have a great deal of experience with Alexander Julian. The quality of their work has, at times, been top in their class ... bar none. The recent line is nowhere near the quality of work they have done in the past. I have neither time nor desire to detail the reasons, but when a designer known for quality work later uses his name to sell sh.t, I object. Such is the case here.