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Bernadine Morris, veteran fashion observer, dies at 92

Bernadine Morris, the women who demystified women’s fashion for over decades as a New York Times critic, passed away on Jan. 12 in the Bronx. Morris was 92 years old at the time of her passing.

Her death occurred at a nursing home and was confirmed by her daughter, Cara Michelle Morris.

Bernadine Morris began her career at the trade newspaper Women’s Wear Daily. She switched to The New York Times on her 38th birthday when she answered a help-wanted advertisement in the newspaper for a fashion reporter. Some 4,000 bylines later, Morris retired as the newspaper’s chief fashion writer in 1996.

Morris won the Medal of the City of Paris in 1985 and an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1987. She was also quoted in Nicholas Coleridge’s “The Fashion Conspiracy” (1988):

“The theater critic of The New York Times I do believe wields power, but not the fashion editor. It’s too diffuse. The most I can do, if I’m really enthusiastic, is get a buyer to go see the collection.”

Morris was one of the greatest when it came to criticizing womenswear and fashion in general. Her legacy will continue to make an impact on future designers and writers alike.

French fashion label rallies support for press freedom from Trump

Paris fashion stood up for press freedom Saturday with two brands teaming up with the New York Times to show their concern for Trump’s attacks on the media.

Japanese brand Sacai and French house Etudes used slogans from the newpaper’s “The Truth is Hard” and posted them on their clothes in their men’s winter collections.

Sacai designer Chitose Abe included all 19 lines of the declaration, posted by the Times last February to defend itself and other papers from the attacks by the U.S. president, on the back of T-shirts and hoodies. She herself wore a black one with the Tims logo and the line, “Truth. It’s more important now than ever.”

Abe told the Agence France-Presse that the stance was not political, “but I do think what the New York Times said is right and that’s why I wanted to collaborate and support them.”

“It is also about the importance of tolerance and accepting everyone… and about goodness,” she added.

Etudes used the New York Times’ logo on scarves among other collaborations with the newspaper.

Both designers Jeremy Egry and Aurelien Arbet told AFP that they did not “want to send a political message but obviously we want to support freedom of expression.”