New York Times editors say ‘no’ to a ‘novelty’ style
by Alana Wise article The New York Daily News has published an editorial, criticizing a recent article in its popular fashion magazine, featuring an unnamed “model” wearing a “novelties” dress, and describing it as “a farce”.
“In a way, this is a farce,” the editors wrote.
“If we want to be the fashion and lifestyle magazine that everyone is reading about in the media, we need to stop doing this.”
The editorial is the first time the newspaper has publicly questioned the authenticity of the fashion piece, published by the magazine’s new owner, The New Yorker, in February.
“I’m not going to stand here and say I’m going to say no to that,” editorial editor Liza Guzmán said.
“But I’m not sure how to do it.
There are too many cooks in the kitchen, so we’re just going to do what we can.”
The magazine has a reputation for being a “fashion bible”, but the editorial team questioned whether its depiction of the dress was “just a fashion bible” and called for the magazine to change its style guide.
“As the editors of a magazine that’s known for being so much more than a fashion magazine,” Guzmaán said, “I think we have a responsibility to do something about that.”
The New Orleans-based magazine also suggested that the magazine should not cover the “sensational” events that take place on the runway, because it does not cover them.
“We’ve got to be able to say: ‘We don’t want to cover these things,'” Guzmoán said in a phone interview with Al Jazeera.
The New Yorkers editorial board said that the publication was concerned about “the potential for misuse” of the article, because of the fact that it did not disclose the name of the model or the source of the magazine article.
The magazine did not name the model.
In a statement on Monday, the magazine said that it had “no idea” who wrote the article.
“This is not the first fashion magazine to publish a piece like this.
In fact, it is only the second time we have seen this kind of blatant, unprofessional and irresponsible attempt to create controversy in the fashion industry,” the editorial board wrote.
The decision to retract the article came as the magazine faced criticism from several of its readers and critics, who argued that the editorial was not based on fact.
“It is not a fashion news publication,” said Stephanie Dominguez, a New York resident who blogs for the fashion website L.A. Style.
“The New Yorker is not going into fashion to get to know the real people who have been there.
The story is a marketing piece.”
The Times said it was not making a formal comment about the editorial.
The Times’ editorial board is made up of six women and four men, with its board of editors nominated by the publisher, which is owned by the New Yorker publisher.
“While it is a significant step forward for the Times, we are not surprised that the Times has taken this step, given the intense and sustained media attention the article received,” said Times managing editor David Siegel.
The editorial board was not immediately available for comment.
Guzmián said that in the past, the Times had published pieces about celebrity chefs and celebrities, and that they had been published on its own website.
“You’re never going to see us say no, because we’re going to defend ourselves,” Guzman said.
The article, which was first published on Tuesday, features the model in a photo that shows her in a gown with a skirt, with her feet spread and the words “I do what I want to do.”
The dress is not shown in the article or in the photo, but the article includes the text “This outfit is so hot, it’s not even a dress.”
“This piece, if it had been on the magazine, would have been viewed by as many people as a fashion feature,” Guzo said.
Domingosos also questioned the accuracy of the image.
“That is an image that I think has been used before and is a fake,” she said.
A spokesperson for the New York-based New Yorker said in an email that the article “was intended to be an honest and candid look at the culture of our magazine.”