The New York Timesreview of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Alexander McQueen show has been getting lots of linkage this week, but not for its magical prose or deep analysis of the retrospective. Rather, the attention is focused on a throwaway line about how disappointed writer Suzy Menkes was in the curator’s failure to quote intellectual heavyweights on McQueen: “Instead, we get Sarah Jessica Parker’s breathless and witless take on the McQueen style.” Meowch! Was this really necessary?

Before you answer, consider the fact that it wasn’t Sarah Jessica Parker’s fault curator Andrew Bolton asked her for a quote for the exhibit. What was she supposed to do? Say, “thanks for attempting to include me in your retrospective of one of my favorite designers, but I’m afraid I’m a tad too breathless and witless to be of much assistance?” I don’t think so, and I’m no SJP fan. But more importantly, what do you think?

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