I've always wanted to make a thread about everyone's least favourite designers, but had hesitated because of the negative nature of such a discussion. So, instead of having a festival of bashings and personal insults, let's try to rationally and constructively list out all the specific points which make a certain designer's work not to your liking. I'll start first: Roberto Cavalli - I find most of his designs incredibly vulgar and garish. His catwalk shows are like the annual gathering of whores and hustlers. The male eqivalent of Donatella Versace. BTW, I don't consider her a "designer", so she doesn't even deserve a seprate place in this list. John Galliano - gives "over the top tackiness" a whole new dimension of meaning. His "designs", if you can call them that, are silly, pointless, jaw-droppingly repulsive, intended to create hype for the purposes of editorial attention rather than genuinely pushing forward the craft of fashion design by making a lasting contribution. Dsquared - unimaginative, derivative, over-styled designs that place sex above everything else, even the wearer's identity. Skin-tight tees printed with vulgarities and buttcrack-revealing jeans aren't my idea of upscale clothes. A thug's wardrobe at a prince's budget. Marc Jacobs - he has this disturbing tendency to make hugely expensive clothes look like thrift store leftovers. Remember those saggy, shapeless jogging suits and hoodies in pure cashmere he did for Louis Vuitton men a couple of seasons ago? Either that, or it's the tiresome but relentless frilliness and campiness, an explicit reference to the 60's, something which Alessandro dell'Acque does MUCH better but never got the credit for. Martin Margiela - I have a feeling I'll be flamed to death for putting him in the list; I'm fully aware of just how revered he is around here and among the fashion community in general. But I simply don't "get" his thing - the motive behind his design urges, his aesthetics, his design process. Almost everything I've seen from his artisinal "0/10" line seems to be a complete waste of human energy, complicated just for the sake of being so. Jeans torn into pieces and then resewn back together? I don't see how that enhances the fit of the garment, and the resulting appearance certainly is far from appealing. Shirts with a seam down the middle, with asmmetrical sides of different lengths? Do I have to have a split, good/evil personality to wear that? How about those with detached collars and cuffs? All those parts must be a lot of fun to search in the washing machine. Again, they seem to be complex for no apparent, resulting benefit, difficult to wear and take care of, and prohibitively expensive because of the intricate manufacturing process involved. I don't mind the more conservative pieces in his other lines, but they don't strike me as anything particularly remarkable or impressive either. He's one of the pioneers in the treatments of denim fabric, now widely imitated by just about everyone else - I'll give him that - but IMO Helmut Lang have a far more desirable line of denim garments with the same emphasis on technical innovation. It's a little strange that I happen to dislike Margiela, arguably the most celebrated Belgian designer today, when in fact I absolutely adore all his fellow Belgian contemporaries.