The search is over: The New York Times has named Vanessa Freidman, currently chief fashion critic at Financial Times, as its new arbiter of all things style.
This announcement, of course, follows the January resignation of longtime fashion chief Cathy Horyn, who left the paper for personal reasons, and the more recent departure of fellow critic Suzy Menkes, who departed the recently rebranded International New York Times for a a spot at Vogue.
Times executive editor Jill Abramson says:
“I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the Times. She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.”
A summary of Friedman’s credentials via our sister site FishbowlNY:
“Friedman had been with the FT since 2003. Prior to that she was features and fashion director for UK InStyle, and a regular contributor toThe New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly and The Economist.”
If you have clients in the fashion industry, you might want to take Sam Sifton’s advice and re-familiarize yourself with Freidman’s substantive work. While you’re at it, peruse her Twitter commentary on the fashion choices of certain legally challenged teen-pop stars.
— Sam Sifton (@SamSifton) March 12, 2014