As we all know, New York Times fashion critic
I know, right? When we first read Horyn's blurb about de la Renta, we thought it may have been more of a dig at Style.com's Nicole Phelps, who opened her ODLR review with, "Oscar de la Renta is New York fashion's éminence grise." Perhaps Horyn will mention that if she publishes a response to de la Renta's letter, which we really hope she does.
Update: Cathy Horyn has responded and apparently feels de la Renta misinterpreted: "I used the term in a professional context, as someone showing off his tricks, like a surfer," Horyn told Fashionologie. "I thought an ad was a little over-the-top."