I couldn't be happier to share the news that Vanessa Friedman, currently fashion editor at the Financial Times, has been named fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times. As of next month, Friedman, who has served in directorial roles at In Style UK, The Economist, and Elle, will head global fashion coverage for both The New York Times and International New York Times. According to WWD, "Friedman fills a void left by the resignations of Suzy Menkes, who is exiting the International New York Times to join Condé Nast International, and by Cathy Horyn, the New York-based critic who left the paper last January." It actually comes as little surprise that Friedman will fill Horyn's shoes, as there really is no one else up to the task. Like Horyn, Friedman is shrewd, bipartisan and one of the few old school journalists we have left in fashion (Case in point: this review from Milan Fashion Week). I, for one, am really looking forward to Friedman taking the reigns!