Fashion critics are an increasingly rare breed, and soon, there will one fewer among their number: Booth Moore, the long-time fashion critic of The Los Angeles Times, is leaving her post with the paper after accepting a buyout offered to Tribune Publishing employees last month. Her last day will be Nov. 25.
Moore, who joined the LA Times as a party and style columnist in 1998, became its very first fashion critic in 2004 — and it's not yet clear whether there will be a second. "I don't have any knowledge that there will be another fashion critic, or if our Image section will continue," she wrote in an e-mail to Fashionista, echoing comments made to WWD, which broke the news of her departure.
She added that her husband and menswear-focused counterpart at the paper, Adam Tschorn, "will continue to cover style, but I don't know if anyone else on staff will contribute."
A spokesperson for the LA Times did not respond to inquiries about the paper's future fashion coverage.
Though Moore is leaving the paper — which she describes as a "bittersweet" move — she said she is looking forward to what's next. "I've had some interesting meetings," she wrote. "Although I'm looking forward to freelancing, I'm also interested in the bigger picture, brand strategy and consulting. The tech space is very exciting to me, as is the movement to integrate fashion and entertainment more closely. LA is my home but New York City is where I grew up. And I love traveling. I can't wait to see what the future brings. "