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There are a lot of pages to be filled out there, and only so many ways to make a runway show sound interesting in print. And when their notebooks run dry and writers decide to put that education to use, things get…interesting.

This time, the culprit is the New York Times, who spiced up an article on a Prada show with a Margaret Atwood reference, quaint use of the phrase “men’s wear” and ominous references to social engineering. Most of the offenses are in aid of Village Voice alum Guy Trebay’s extended meditation on Miuccia Prada’s “complex sexual issues.” This being the fashion industry, we imagine she’s in good company. And no, for the record, we had not thought about the deeper social implications of flyless pants.

Our favorite moment in the article is when, having picked up on a relatively innocent remark Ms. Prada made about the constrictive elegance of the line, Trebay drops this bomb: “It is no stretch to suggest that the Prada collection reads like the manifesto of a gender revanchist.”

And we thought they were just well-cut pants.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom