There's very little actual nostalgia in the article, unless reminiscing about an obnoxious man's temper tantrums and arrogance counts as such. James loved to scream at his "beautiful, young, and male" assistants before firing them after a matter of days or weeks. But the real issue for me was the author's recounting of James's feelings on other designers:
Charlie considered many designers "dressmakers," amateurs, or, on very rare occasions, talented amateurs. He did consider Balenciaga a near-competitor.How very generous of him!
Of Chanel: After her use of jersey, "What else has she produced?"I don't know, just one of the most enduring and recognizable global brands? Oh, and tweed jackets.
Of Dior: "He appears to think lengthening and shortening hemlines constitutes as fashion."BLASPHEMY. NOW YOU'VE CROSSED A LINE, SIR.
Though I did have to laugh at his Schiaperelli quip:
"Without Dali and a dead fur animal, where would she be?"Overall, the author seems a bit oblivious that she's just painted a brutally ugly portrait of James, and ends on a wistful note: "For those of us who knew him, the world is grayer and poorer for his absence." (Even though the two had stopped speaking by 1960.) Mmm-kay.