During the haute couture shows, I turned, as I always do, to the New York Times to hear Cathy Horyn's take on the latest flights of fantasy but there was silence. Of course, I do not really 'hear' Cathy Horyn's voice, well, I think there was a short lived audio review for awhile, but reading her column was really like listening to a singular voice on all of the fantasy, artistry and sometimes ridiculousness that is the world of fashion. It turns out Cathyn Horyn is retiring from The New York Times. Noooooooooooo!
Who else will tell Hedi Slimane that his 'grunge' collection for YSL was not worthy of the label that was attached to them? Or who else will Oscar de la Renta call "a three day old hamburger" because she called him "the hot dog of fashion"? Who else will publicly recognize the talent of John Galliano after his fall from grace and stand to applaud, alone, his wondrous Spring/Summer 2006 show where a romantic, slow, vaudeville, burlesque show of all kinds of people were celebrated in incredibly beautiful clothes?
I think it is true as Jill Abramson and Stuart Emmrich, executive editors of NYTimes, said in their announcement of Horyn's departure from the paper that she is "the pre-eminent fashion critic of her generation and who has set an almost impossible standard for those who may follow."
Cathy Horyn, you will be greatly missed and get working on that book asap!
love, kisses and vintage, Juliana