01 February 2014 by

New York Times Chief Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Retires

New York Times Chief Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Retires

Cathy Horyn on the FROW [Getty]

It has been confirmed that after 15 years in the role New York Times chief fashion critic Cathy Horyn will be leaving the publication.  According to reports, a memo was sent round to staff informing them of her decision on Friday morning and she is leaving due to the poor health of her partner Liz Claiborne, co-founder of Art Ortenberg.

The memo has since been published online and begins, ‘It is with both deep sadness over her departure and immense gratitude for the legacy she leaves behind that we announce that Cathy Horyn, the paper’s chief fashion critic since 1999, is leaving The Times.’

Cathy joined the NYT in 1999 running the highly popular ‘On The Runway’ blog having previously worked on Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and The Detroit News. She was well known for her acerbic tone which has previously landed her in hot water - she is banned from attending Giorgio Armani shows and Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent shows.

In fact, hers and Hedi’s fall out has been well documented. In 2012, after she published a negative review of his work – done by looking at pictures as she had not been invited to the show - Hedi wrote an open letter to Cathy in which he stipulated that she would ‘never get a seat at Saint Laurent.’ Yikes.

It is reported that their feud started in 2004 when Cathy wrote a piece about Raf Simons, she said, ‘Essentially I wrote that without Mr Simons's template of slim tailoring and street casting, there would not have been a Hedi Slimane.’

Cathy will now continue to work with the NYT on a book which will focus on how they discovered fashion from the 1850s onwards. Watch her brilliant interview with Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton below...

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