NY Times Names Vanessa Friedman Chief Fashion Critic

The New York Times has found its new fashion critic. Vanessa Friedman, currently the Financial Times’ fashion editor, will join the New York Times next month as fashion director and chief fashion critic.

Friedman is succeeding Cathy Horyn, who left the Times in January.

Friedman had been with the FT since 2003. Prior to that she was features and fashion director for UK InStyle, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly and The Economist.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the Times,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of the paper, in a statement. “She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.”

In other Times news, Alexandra Jacobs — most recently an editor in the Styles section — has been promoted to fashion critic and fashion features writer. Jacobs has been with the Times since 2010.