As first announced January 31st, Cathy Horyn, the famed pioneer of modern fashion journalism, is leaving The New York Times after 15 years writing for the Styles section. Executive editor Jill Abramson and Stuart Emmrich, editor of the Styles sections, released a joint memo announcing Horyn’s departure. In the memo Ms. Abramson and Mr. Emmrich called Ms. Horyn “the pre-eminent fashion critic of her generation and who has set an almost impossible standard for those who may follow.” In a sea full of #OOTD selfies and fashion “bloggers” who think F21 is cutting edge fashion, it is truly with a heavy heart that the fashion community must say goodbye to one of the most influential and important fashion critics of our time. Cathy Horyn was not afraid to speak her mind, wrote what she saw rather than being influenced by trends, and truly knew the history of fashion. Ms. Horyn’s reason for leaving is to take care of her ailing partner Art Ortenberg, and she will not be leaving the paper completely. She is also working on a book project. The book will chronicle how the New York Times has covered fashion from the 1850s to present day. I for one will be at Powell’s the day the book is released. A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to Cathy, who has long served as personal inspiration to myself and countless fashion writers around the world.
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