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In the case of someone like Oscar (or earlier, Armani) I don't think what Cathy had to say will make a tiny bit of difference and she knows it too. They are way too established and pretty much beyond the destructive powers of editors and stylists. People who like/dislike their clothes and images will continue to do so UNLESS the designer himself does something radical... a la Oscar's outburst towards Mrs. Obama, but that really had nothing to do w/ Cathy's actions.
I suspect it's quite a bit different w/ younger designers that are far less established than an Oscar or Armani tho. I used to be a far bigger reader of her stuff than I am now, but I know that some of her reviews rattled the designers themselves (see Marc Jacobs), not to mention their fans. I'm almost certain that her taking a side in the Sarah-Jessica Parker vs Olivier Theyskens kerfuffle (over a dress for her premiere for one of the Sex films) ultimately did him in at Nina Ricci...or was at least the last straw. I wouldn't underestimate her influence because lots of people read her and take her quite seriously. She rarely goes there, but when she does it always makes a splash.
As for Slimane, Cathy is known to have a very strong PoV about designers (she favors conceptualists and individualists), quality of merch/fabrics/design, and she has very little time for people she sees as "hot dogging" therefore when she feels someone is trying to BS her, she states so. I don't know what affect that will have on Slimane, but nobody should be surprised that his antics have gotten up her nose. That's just how she is and that makes her voice one that's pretty singular out there these days.
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