Intelligence: The ‘New York Times’ Strategy for a Horyn-less Fashion Week

2014-1-cathy-horyn12.jpgCathy front row at Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2014, via Getty
The news that revered fashion critic Cathy Horyn has left the The New York Times Style section a week before New York Fashion Week kicks off left many wondering if the Times is just SOL this year. Horyn makes the second decampment after Eric Wilson jumped ship last season. Do they have a plan? Yes and it’s full speed ahead.

The paper told WWD that instead of a pared down season, they’ll be ramping up its web content and its “On the Runway” blog, once Horyn’s baby. Essentially, Suzy Menkes, another favorite critic, will have a whirlwind of a fashion month since she’s been charged with reviews in the US and Europe. Also, new hires Matthew Schneier (formerly of and John Koblin (formerly of Deadspin) and contributors Ruth La Ferla and Guy Trebay will build out the rest of the content.

Horyn, on her part, has nothing bad to say about the paper, “Art [Ortenberg] needs me at home. That’s the right decision now. I’ve just loved The New York Times since the day I got there. It has been an incredible experience. I’m grateful to the editors of the paper for giving me all kinds of opportunities.”
· Cathy Horyn Resigns From the New York Times [WWD]
· New York Times Officially Announces Cathy Horyn’s Departure [Racked]

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