>> Donna Karan recently admitted that getting a bad review from Cathy Horyn "still hurts"; add Vera Wang to the list of designers who don't enjoy seeing their collection reviewed.
In a recent interview with the AP: "Reviews can be hard to read, [Wang] says, because the reviewers are ignoring the bravery it takes on a designer's part to churn out collection after collection — on a strict schedule — to an often fickle audience. A filmmaker, for example, often can reshoot something or extend a deadline when something isn't working. A designer doesn't have that luxury."
And despite being so established, Wang still feels the need to fight for her brand to continue succeeding: "If you hang back, even just one season or one awards show, someone else is waiting to take your place, she says."
In fact, she wouldn't be a designer today if she hadn't always been about fighting to improve, Wang explains: "I had to learn to dust myself off and try again. That's my real story. I went to Vogue and I was not getting the big jobs and then I went to Ralph Lauren. I didn't feel like there was much more I could do at the time there — and I think that's given me the opportunity to struggle. You have to struggle to appreciate the successes in your life. It's not real otherwise."