New York Times chief fashion critic Cathy Horyn left the ivory tower to go to the Ivy League yesterday, speaking to Yale undergrads at an informal tea. But the Yale kids, it seems, weren't exactly beating one another down to grab seats at her talk. As the article in the Yale Daily Herald on Horyn's visit begins, "Although the crowd of couture lovers at Yale may warrant a label reading size petite, fashion critic Cathy Horyn brought a critical approach Monday to an oft-neglected campus art: fashion." Well, snap. Yalies, it seems don't give a fuck about fashion on many levels. Horyn told the "predominantly female crowd of about 60 students" that she likes her job because she gets to write about whatever the fuck she wants and a firm hand is never even raised to her beloved prose: "If Armani pulls his ads, no one blames me and I don't have to worry about it โ€” so I don't," she says. Wow. A subtle dig at the fashion mag editors who pander to designers? We're sure the students appreciated that!

Additionally, Horyn chose to once again champion Marc Jacobs' just-shown Spring/Summer 2008 collection, which most fashion critics hated. And what is it about Marc's work that makes Ms. Cathy's heart go pitter patter? "Shocking someone today on the runway is really hard. Marc Jacobs โ€” being two hours late โ€” was definitely shocking." Who knew it was that easy to please Cathy Horyn!

And so what did the Yalies conclude about their teatime with CH? "It was nice to have someone speak seriously and be taken seriously," said one student; "I think that a lot of what people said might have gone over people's heads," said another; "Yale students tend not to have much sense of how to dress ... but she also spoke about business, so it was geared towards its audience," said yet another. As for the dean who organized the whole gathering? "Only some of the names [she spoke of] rang a bell to me." Another great success on Cathy Horyn's part on translating the fashion industry to those outside of it!

Horyn Snubs Fawning Fashion Reviews [Yale Daily News]