Fashion Showdown: Gaga Vs. Horyn

The style icon wants to know why critics' opinions matter

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The fashion world has a new rivalry brewing: pop icon Lady Gaga vs. New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn. In this month’s V magazine, the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta penned a column criticizing fashion critics for their "predictability" and undeserved power—and specifically called out the Times’ writer for failing to set herself apart from the blogging masses.

"In the age of the Internet, when collections and performances are so accessible to the public and anyone can post a review on Facebook or Twitter, shouldn’t columnists and reviewers, such as Cathy Horyn, employ a more modern and forward approach to criticism, one that separates them from the average individual at home on their laptop?” Gaga wrote.

According to WWD, which got an advance look at the column, the boundary-pushing pop star insists that if critics are not careful, even the most astute among them can be reduced to gossipers.

"Why do we harp on the predictability of the infamous fashion critic?" Gaga asked. "When did the pretense of fashion become more important than its influence on a generation? Why have we decided that one person’s opinion matters more than anyone else’s?"

As for the future of journalism, Gaga points to Tavi Gevinson, the 15-year-old blogger (and industry darling) behind the Style Rookie, which Gaga praised as a "prodigious and well-written blog."

@adweekemma Emma Bazilian is Adweek's features editor.
Publish date: September 1, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT