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Vanessa Friedman Says Fashion Criticism is Still Important

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Newly-named New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman spoke with recently about her role, what it's like taking over for longstanding critic Cathy Horyn and some of her sharper barbs. Friedman comes across, as you'd expect, as very intelligent, considerate and fair-minded. In the interview, she says that she thinks fashion criticism is still important and that it "always has been" that although there are more voices out there these days thanks to blogs and social media, there is "room for all sorts of opinions, some of them educated and some of them just literal."

When asked about what she'd like to see change about fashion criticism, Friedman says, "I would like to see more communication, more back and forth conversation. I'm really interested in what nonprofessionals think, as well as other professionals. And I think having that kind of active conversation is terrific." And she doesn't plan on softening her opinions, stating, "if you're not willing to say when something is bad or a mistake, then when you say it's good it means nothing." Check out this review of Jeremy Scott for Moschino for a fun little preview of what's to come.
· A Sign of the Times: Vanessa Friedman on the State of Fashion Criticism and Her New Gig []
· Venessa Friedman Will Fill Cathy Horyn's Shoes at the Times [Racked]
· New York Times Officially Announces Cathy Horyn's Departure [Racked]