Okay, this is huge. Six days before we embark on the craziness that is New York Fashion Week, Cathy Horyn announced that she is leaving The New York Times.
Horyn, the Times long-term fashion chief critic, will retire to care for her partner, Art Ortenberg, “who has had health problems, and whom she feels would benefit greatly from her increased presence at home,” an internal memo stated.
The memo, written by Jill Abramson, the paper’s executive editor and Stuart Emmrich, editor of the styles section paid tribute to Horyn’s contributions to the paper. “How do we measure the impact that Cathy has made at The Times? Is it in the 1,123 bylined pieces she has written in the past 15 years? The promising designers she discovered, the unoriginal ones she dismissed, the talents that she celebrated in ways that illuminated their creative process for a readership that ranged from the executive offices of LVMH to the bargain shoppers at Barneys Warehouse? We do so in all of those ways to mark the work of a woman who is the preeminent fashion critic of her generation and who has set an almost impossible standard for those who may follow.”
An impossible standard, indeed.
We aren’t losing the fashion visionary completely though; she is working on a book with Rizzoli that will chronicle how The New York Times has covered fashion from the 1850s to the first decades of the 21st century. We’ll wait for that with bated breath.