Designers read their reviews, all right. While not as financially dependent on good notices as, say, a playwright, clothing designers can be just as sensitive. This week a number of designers got over their recent reviews enough to talk about them.
Christian Francis Roth, a 21-year-old designer who held his second show this season: "People really wanted blood from me this season. It was really in the air. They've done it to every young designer I can think of. The out-of-town press misunderstood the clothes." His reviews were generally good.
Marc Jacobs, the designer for Perry Ellis: "There's a difference between criticism and nastiness. I always get disappointed if it's negative, but I can take it if it's constructive. Of course, a good review is never good enough."