"The most powerful image for Fall 2013 is neither hardcore and businesslike nor sweet and feminine. Let’s call the firm and focused woman “soft core,” meaning that the external presentation can conceal a deeply different spirit within."
"Tom Ford is very, very good at being wicked. The designer was in an adult-erotic frame of mind at Yves Saint Laurent, taking potential clichés such as black satin ribbon, taffeta, velvet, chantilly lace and fur and applying them in an offhand way to extravagant, body-emphasizing pieces that often looked as if they might fall off at the slightest pull of a bow. What, after all, could be more provocative than a woman wearing expensive clothes that look as if they were made to be undone by a lover? "