A fashion-forward theme which poses the question, WHOWOREITBETTER? In each theme clue, two candidates suit up in the clothing category that exemplifies their signature style. For example, Donald Duck and Popeye compete in the SAILORSUIT division, and Michael Darling and Baby Smurf go toe-to-toe in the FOOTIEPAJAMAS group. For my money, the awards go to: Donald Duck, the Minions, Michael Darling, and McGruff the Crime Dog - although his decision to arrest Scooby Doo for possession of a few pot-laced biscuits does give one PAWS.
The constructors managed to slip in some bonus theme material including AISLES and INGEAR, LEVI *and* LEES (under pressure from the DENIMOVERALLS lobby, no doubt), not to mention UPS to deliver it all to your door.
The clue "Runway model?" might seem to be part of the package, but its answer (AIRLINER) isn't such a good fit. In other departments I enjoyed "Like tightrope walkers and household budgets, ideally" (BALANCED) and "What doesn't go a long. way? (LAT) - tricky little abbreviation there!
An enjoyable puzzle. I'll RSVP in the affirmative for any future fashion e-VENTS.