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In an article that went up about 30 minutes ago, the New York Times has confirmed the departure of legendary longtime fashion critic Cathy Horyn. "Ms. Horyn is leaving to spend more time with her partner, Art Ortenberg, who is sick, according to a note to the newsroom from The Times's executive editor, Jill Abramson, and Stuart Emmrich, editor of the Styles sections," it reads. "In their memo to the newsroom, 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.'"
That Horyn has made this decision less than a week before the beginning of New York Fashion Week has got to have the Times in a panic. She not only shuttled around to many shows in New York, but also traveled to Europe, filing articles as well as shorter takes on the runways via her blog. Will readers get an official goodbye blog post from the critic herself in addition to a short, stilted release? It would be the courteous thing to do.
· Times Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn to Retire [NYT]
· Cathy Horyn Has Resigned From the Times to Travel More [Racked]