Times Slams 'Citizen Anna'

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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ROSEBUD! Wintour, Horyn (inset) That crackling sound you'll hear coming from the front row throughout fashion week? That would be the barely-suppressed, sizzling hostility between Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn.

In what may be the closest thing to a takedown ever to appear in "Thursday Styles," Horyn delicately bitchslaps the icy empress of American fashion, accusing her of using her outsized influence to strong-arm luxury goods executives into hiring designers she likes, prop up no-talent socialites with the right connections, and otherwise impose a "homogenous, vaguely timid point of view" on the fashion landscape.

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