I hope its okay to start a thread on fashion critique since I think it’s relative to the designers collections. Every time Fashion Week rolls around I find myself questioning the critieria people use to rate the collections since a lot of the critique seems so arbitrary. I realize that it is heavily subjective but the fact that a lot of the industry seems to fall in line as far as praising certain collections makes me think that there is some set criteria. For instance, why do all the professional critics rave over Lanvin, Prada and Marc Jacobs? As far as the TFS , I've noticed the critiques seem to fall into a few categories The experts-- A few posters who have a fashion education and maybe work in the industry so they seem to have a working knowledge of material, construction etc. I find these critiques most informative and even when I disagree I appreciate that there is some basis for their opinion. The realists— They may not have a fashion background and are likely to respond more positively to collections that appear to be most wearable. The artists—They like the more avant garde couture collections and tend to view the more wearable collections as boring regardless of craftsmanship. The groupies: They are fans of particular designer houses—usually the big name houses. They have usernames like Balenciaga4eva or something. They rave over that their favorite designer collections no matter what and tend to look at other collections only to note similarities to their favorite house. (Those sleeves are so Balmain! Or “He’s totally ripping off Versace!”). The nonconformists—They hate the big houses and favor smaller indie labels particularly the most avant garde because they don't conform to the mainstream tastes. Of course people may be mixtures of those critics. I guess I want to know what everyone looks for when they critique a collection. What factors tend to make you love a collection and what makes you hate it? Do you think you are biased in any way? For the expert posters do you have any advice on how to objectively rate collections such as what to look for in construction, proportions.etc?