Cathy Horyn’s Milan Fashion Week

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The list of Cathy Horyn’s fashion world enemies increases by one. At Milan Fashion Week, Cathy Horyn, The New York Times fashion critic, was disinvited via a hand-delivered letter to the Georgio Armani show. ”Although I am holding an invitation to Giorgio Armani’s show (February 18), at noon, I know I am not expected,” Horyn wrote on The Times’ Runway blog. ”Yesterday, shortly after I pulled the covers over my head for a little nap, I received an email from Robert Triefus, who is Armani’s head of communications. It was marked urgent and inquired if I had received a letter from Armani. I had not, but it didn’t take a genius to know what the letter was about. Armani had decided not to invite me to his show and, of course, that was the intent of the letter, once I had read it. He didn’t like the tone of my comments about his January couture show in Paris; specifically, he thought I was ‘belittling’ of his family and friends. I had described their appearance and manner in the moments before the show. It was pretty innocuous stuff. Armani, though, didn’t think so.”

Also this week, for the third season in a row, Horyn was persona-non-grata at the Dolce & Gabbana show. ”Dolce was a no-go, but it’s alright,” Horyn told Fashionweekdaily at the Fendi show Thursday afternoon. What is it about the fashion industry that causes it to react to honest but tough criticism with behavior more suited to a totalitarian regime than befits a creative enterprise celebrating beauty?

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