Oscar De La Renta Snaps Back at Cathy Horyn via Online Ad
Posted Monday September 17, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
Everyone knows that fashionistas can be catty, and Oscar De La Renta opted to respond to Cathy Horyn’s negative comments about his style credentials in a very public way.
In her Times column, Horyn called Oscar “far more a hot dog than an eminence grise of American fashion,” and Mr. De La Renta was none too pleased.
As a result, Oscar penned “An Open Letter to Cathy Horyn from Oscar De La Renta,” and published it as a full page ad in WWD.
The text reads,
This year I celebrated my 80th birthday. With pride, I can say that for more than 50 of those years I have been privileged to work in a profession that I deeply love, one that has given me tremendous pleasure. I have always considered that my role as a designer and as a great admirer of women has always been to make a woman look and feel her very best.
I respect and accept criticism because in many ways it does help us develop; I try to make my work better each time. What I do not accept is when criticism is personal. If you have the right to call me a hot dog why do I not have the right to call you a stale 3-day old hamburger? My advice to you is to abstain from personal criticism. Professionals criticize the clothes, not the people.”
Cathy shot back, "I used the term in a professional context, as someone showing off his tricks, like a surfer… I thought an ad was a little over-the-top."
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