And now Cathy Horyn‘s boyfriend Art Ortenberg has thrown himself into the Oscar de la Renta/Horyn fray. What started out as a simple review that was lost in translation has turned into a much bigger deal.
It all began with Horyn’s review of de la Renta’s spring 2013 collection in which she writes “Mr. de la Renta is far more a hot dog than an éminence grise of American fashion.” The designer thought he was being pegged as barbecue cuisine, and fired back by calling Horyn “a stale 3-day old hamburger.” She was merely referencing slang for “someone showing off his tricks”, but de la Renta stuck with his words.
“To the Editor:
True, Cathy Horyn is my girlfriend. Nevertheless, I feel it necessary to cudgel Gaga for her badly informed, dumbing-down opinion that an uninformed opinion is as valid as that of a seasoned critic — as though Gaga and Bridget Foley of WWD or David Denby of The New Yorker or Ben Brantley of The New York Times or Brooks Atkinson or Pauline Kael or any professional critic is just another opinion and that Gaga’s vacuous thoughts deserve the same status. Grow up, Gaga.”
Grow up, everyone.