In the fashion world, there are only three influential critics (of those writing in English): Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune, Cathy Horyn of the New York Times, and Bridget Foley of Women's Wear Daily. While other major newspapers cover fashion in a service-oriented way—that is, they suggest what to buy—the writers are not critiquing fashion as they might film or books.I'm not sure I buy this, though. In the Style section of yesterday's New York Times, I was reading Horyn's "Finally, Girl Designers Who Want to Have Fun," where our oligarch approved of the fact that fashion designers are finally letting their hair down and making their clothes fun. (I know, right?) One useful trick, we learn, is to take a "Peter Pan collar" or a "sack dress" and "subverting them just enough so that they don't seem goody." That seems like sound advice. And I would call this "critiquing fashion," sure, sure.