Vanessa Friedman Will Replace Suzy Menkes as New York Times Fashion Critic

"She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.”


When fashion critic Suzy Menkes left her post at the International New York Times after 26 years, she also left behind a very big pair of shoes. WWD has now announced that Financial Times fashion editor Vanessa Friedman will be the one stepping in to fill them as fashion director and chief fashion critic.

Friedman has been the London-based FT fashion editor since the role was created in 2003. Previously, she was the features and fashion director at UK InStyle and a contributor to The Economist, The New Yorker, Vogue and Entertainment Weekly.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the Times,” Times executive Jill Abramson said in a statement. “She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.” Friedman will take up her position next month.

Menkes, meanwhile, is heading over to Condé Nast International where she will serve as a reporter and critic for all of the international Vogue websites as International Vogue Editor. About a month earlier, the paper’s chief fashion critic of 15 years, Cathy Horyn, announced her own resignation. And in October 2013, Horyn’s reviewing partner, Eric Wilson, left to become the fashion news director at InStyle.

Also rumored as being eyed up for the role were’s Nicole Phelps and WWD‘s own Bridget Foley, so don’t be too bummed out that your application wasn’t successful.


Related links:
“Change is Good”: Suzy Menkes on Her New Role as International Vogue Editor
Cathy Horyn Resigns From the New York Times

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