Oscar De La Renta Defends His Open Letter To Cathy Horyn

Oscar de la Renta and Cathy Horyn made headlines last week with their verbal squabble. In her somewhat mixed review, the New York Times‘ critic referred to him a “hot dog”. De la Renta didn’t take it well, so he took out a full-page ad in Women’s Wear Daily, and fired back with an open letter in which he slammed the writer for being unprofessional, and called her a “a stale 3-day old hamburger”.

At first glance, Horyn’s “hot dog” comment might’ve seemed offensive, but she was actually referencing a slang word. “The term was used in a professional context, as in someone showing off his tricks, like an athlete,” Horyn told WWD. “As for the ad, it seemed a bit over-the-top.”

Well, did de la Renta overreact? He certainly doesn’t think so, and even pointed out that many people were on Team Oscar and that someone even sent in a bouquet of flowers.

“Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the people who read it read it the way I read it. I don’t care that Cathy gave me a bad review. Journalists — either you like it or you don’t like it, and you have to do your job as a professional. But you have to behave like a professional.”

Does this mean that their little feud is just water under the bridge? Maybe, but it sounds like we’ll have to wait until February to see if Horyn will sit in the front row — unlike other designers, de la Renta said he isn’t banning Horyn from future shows, but you never know!


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