Vanessa Friedman joins the New York Times
Replacing both Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes
The former fashion editor of the Financial Times, Vanessa Friedman, has been appointed fashion director and chief fashion critic of The New York Times, following a the recent big-name departures of Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes.
"This is an opportunity to rethink or reshape the way the Styles department looks and how it covers fashion," Friedman said yesterday, continuing, "The New York Times is an incredible newspaper. I'm from New York and it's my hometown paper. It's shaped the way I see journalism to be. It's a great opportunity."
Whispers of a new lead critic have been circling since Horyn resigned on January 31, just days ahead of New York Fashion Week, and Menkes' later revelation that she plans to leave for Condé Nast International.
Having enjoyed an 11-year career as FT's fashion editor, Friedman was often mentioned in the running for Horyn's position, however commenting that, "Cathy resigned and then Suzy resigned, and that changed the shape of things. It was kind of just coincidental."
In her new job, Friedman will fill both Horyn's and Menkes' shoes, reporting to the Styles editor, Stuart Emmrich. He explained that while Friedman will be based in New York, she would serve as the chief fashion critic for the Times, the International New York Times and for the New York Times global website – meaning that her appointment ends more than 60 years of the International Herald Tribune – which became the International New York Times late last year – having a fashion critic based in Paris, too.