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Art Ortenberg Weighs In on Horyn-De La Renta Saga

One of the founders of Liz Claiborne Inc., and the fashion critic's companion, wrote a Letter to the Editor of WWD on the matter.

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ORTENBERG’S VIEW: The hot dog-hamburger war of words between Oscar de la Renta and New York Times critic Cathy Horyn goes on, fueled by Lady Gaga’s tweet last week in support of the designer. The latest to weigh in is Art Ortenberg, one of the founders of Liz Claiborne Inc., and Horyn’s companion. Ortenberg took umbrage at Gaga’s contention — actually made in a September 2011 piece for V magazine — that no one person’s opinion about fashion should be more important than another’s.

Here, Ortenberg’s Letter to the Editor of WWD on the matter:

“To the Editor:

True, Cathy Horyn is my girlfriend. Nevertheless, I feel it necessary to cudgel Gaga for her badly informed, dumbing-down opinion that an uninformed opinion is as valid as that of a seasoned critic — as though Gaga and Bridget Foley of WWD or David Denby of The New Yorker or Ben Brantley of The New York Times or Brooks Atkinson or Pauline Kael or any professional critic is just another opinion and that Gaga’s vacuous thoughts deserve the same status. Grow up, Gaga.”

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