Jill Abramson, The Times' executive editor, said about the hire, “I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to The Times. She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.” Prior to Friedman's position at FT, she'd launched U.K. InStyle, and she contributed to The Economist, The New Yorker, and Vogue. She replaces the formidable Cathy Horyn, who resigned from her role at The New York Times in January to care for her partner, who was having health problems.
Meanwhile, Alexandra Jacobs, currently an editor for NYT's Styles section, has been promoted to fashion critic and fashion features writer. Friedman and Jacobs join a strong team of fashion journalists — whether either one will be the lightning rod for controversy that Horyn sometimes was remains to be seen.
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