Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The New York Times Fashion Department’s Mental Health Issues

Speaking of The New York Times Fashion’s Department’s ‘bi polar’ disorder…they also seem to be suffering from an identity crises of sorts.

In today’s ‘Dining In’ section, there was an article written by the always entertaining fashion critic Cathy Horyn, “Everyone’s Driven to Eat. How Many Arrive in a Bentley?”, that has left me scratching my head.. Ms. Horyn admits she “had a funny idea about taking a drive to Flushing and Bensonhurst for a new dining experience”, but it’s somewhat of a stretch to say the article is about the dining (except for the mention of a few greasy spoons or neighborhood spots away from Manhattan with names like Spicy & Tasty in Flushing).

Nor is it really about fashion, even though its subject was the always fashionable Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair special correspondent and member of the International Best Dressed List. It was more about Ms. Collins as a new driver, who has overcome her fear of driving, thanks in large part to Attila Gusso, a good looking Turkish driving instructor with celebrated clients like Rudy Giuliani’s son, AND about a new book she has written, “The God of Driving”, which is more about her relationship with this man, than about driving. Confused? So am I.

By the way, I’m waiting to see whether or not Ms. Horyn’s fashion predicting, hat crocheting, Ebay surfing teenage son Jonah (the subject of her Tuesday column, “The Next Wave of Style Begins at Home”) will be the fashion department’s next fashion hire. Perhaps he is being groomed to take over from Ginia Bellafante’s, who is no longer covering fashion.

- Marilyn Kirschner


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