New York Times Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Resigns
Today, the fashion world sends off a big name: WWD reports that New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn has resigned. This isn't the first shakeup for the Times' fashion department; fashion news director Eric Wilson departed for InStyle in October, and now Horyn is making an unexpected exit.
Fashionista has published an internal memo regarding Horyn's resignation sent by executive editor Jill Abramson and Styles editor Stuart Emmrich to staff members this morning:
Though the ill health of her partner, Liz Claiborne co-founder Art Ortenberg, is noted as the reason for the departure, the proximity to the start of New York Fashion Week and the use of the word “resigned” as opposed to “retired” has raised some eyebrows.
Known for her brutally honest commentary, Horyn was both praised and hated by many in her industry. Unlike some in the media, she was one of the few willing to give truthful critique backed by her years of professional expertise and was not phased by the megawatt star status of her subjects.
We'll miss Horyn's quips like these:
I can only hope that with her departure she does not take with her the dedication to excellence she has shown over her 15 years of service.
She will be sorely missed by many. (Well, maybe not by Lady Gaga.)