Financial Times fashion editor Vanessa Friedman will become The New York Times' fashion director and chief fashion critic, Laure Guilbault reports in WWD. Alexandra Jacobs "has been promoted to fashion critic and fashion features writer," a Times press release says.

Friedman fills a void left by the resignations of Suzy Menkes, who is exiting the International New York Times to join Condé Nast International, and by Cathy Horyn, the New York-based critic who left the paper last January.

Horyn announced in January she would leave the Times for personal reasons.