Cathy Horyn

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Cathy Horyn
Cathy Horyn by David Shankbone.jpg
Born September 11, 1956[1]
Coshocton, Ohio
Occupation journalist, fashion critic
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair

Cathy Horyn (born September 11, 1956) is an American fashion journalist, working as the fashion critic for The New York Times, until January 31, 2014,[2] where she had a highly noted and provocative blog called ("On The Runway"). She is only the second NYT fashion critic, succeeding Amy Spindler when Spindler retired in November 2003 and a close friend and a well-known supporter of Belgian designer Raf Simons [3] (who's working with LVMH group [4]).


Raised in Coshocton, Ohio, she began her career in fashion journalism in Detroit in 1986, writing for The Detroit News, then moved to Washington, DC after four years, reviewing fashion design for The Washington Post. She joined The New York Times in 1998. Magazines and newspapers to which she contributes include: Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, International Herald Tribune and others. She is known for her sharp, unflinchingly acerbic reviews, which got her banned from numerous designer shows, most notably Giorgio Armani, and as of 2012, Hedi Slimane's Yves Saint Laurent show in Paris.[citation needed]


In 2002, she received the Eugenia Sheppard Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She questioned the work and exposed the deal-making of Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.[5]

In January 2010, Horyn was widely criticized when she insinuated in an article that actress Christina Hendricks was large. The photo of Hendricks running with Horyn's piece was distorted (widened), possibly to falsely illustrate Horyn's point. The New York Times replaced the image, claiming it was slightly distorted inadvertently due to an error during routine processing.[6]

In 2010, Horyn wrote a critical article on Jersey Shore star, Snooki, in which she described Snooki as a "turnip turned on its tip". She wrote that talking with her "is a little like getting down on your hands and knees with a child", and noted Snooki had reportedly "read only two books in her life".[7]

Horyn's review of Chelsea Clinton's choice of gown and attire on her wedding day went as follows: "Ms. Clinton's dress, on the other hand, suggested a completely different relationship [than other wedding gowns Horyn had reviewed] with fashion — even, perhaps, an ambivalent one."[8]

Lady Gaga wrote a column for V Magazine in 2011 questioning the critics' opinions' superiority over general people's opinions, as well as them not actually being interested in the arts but in simply criticizing, where she referred to Horyn as a predictable critic like many others.

In September 2012, Horyn's scathing review of Oscar de la Renta's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, in which she referred to him as a "hotdog of American fashion" garnered much negative press. De la Renta responded in an open letter, published in WWD, criticizing the lack of professionalism and the often personal nature of her infamous reviews, saying that if he is a "hotdog", Horyn might be a "stale 3 day old hamburger". Horyn later addressed the ad through Fashionologie, defending her word choice of hotdog, "I used the term in a professional context, as someone showing off his tricks, like a surfer."

In a mock self-made newspaper column published on Twitter, designer Hedi Slimane further criticized Horyn's unprofessionalism, speculating her profession to be a publicist masquerading as a NYT journalist. In Slimane's letter, he refers to Horyn's preference for designer Raf Simons, and further goes on to say that "[Horyn] will never get a seat at Saint Laurent but may receive 2 for 1 at Dior. Horyn wrote a negative review of Saint Laurent although she was not actually in attendance at the show. She claims she used photographs of the show to write her review.


Horyn did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College. She earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.


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  1. ^ "Cathy Horyn". The New York Times. 2005-06-09. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (31 January 2014). "Cathy Horyn Resigns". WWD. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
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  5. ^ Horyn, Cathy (2007-02-01). "Citizen Anna". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  6. ^ Horyn, Cathy (2010-01-18). "Further Reflections on a Golden 'I'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  7. ^ New York Times review by Horyn of Snooki
  8. ^ New York Times review by Horyn of Chelsea Clinton's wedding attire

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