What’s offensive is that despite these troll-level of design that’s just mocking not only fashion victims, but blue-collar workers and those living in poverty, Demna has shown he’s a very capable designer with solid talent. His Vetement debut and early-Balenciaga were full of refreshing, albeit highly-referenced callbacks to the Greats (Gaultier and Margiela being the most blatant references) in design and a genuinely fresh and rebellious attitude in the presentation: His Georgian/Eastern European aesthetic in harsh graphic design, whether these proposals resonated with one, is a personal preference. But there’s no denying it was fresh and a new attitude. Whereas the likes of Virgil/Maria Grazia/new-guy-at-Givenchy aren’t dumbing down— their mediocrity is really all they’ve got. He dumbed down his aesthetic vastly to the mindless masses that can’t relate to anything that takes more than a moment to connect with. And here he is, scraping at the bottom of the bottom of the barrel. But he’s making bank and clout, and that’s all that matters to the handlers and the masses (and himself) these days.