cathy horynCathy Horyn, top fashion critic at the New York Times, is leaving the paper to care for her sick partner.

Since 1999, she has penned more than 1,000 articles for the paper.

Jill Abramson, executive editor, and Stuart Emmrich, styles editor, expressed “deep sadness” over Horyn’s exit and “intense gratitude for her legacy” via a memo to staffers.

They hailed her as the  “preeminent fashion critic of her generation and who has set an almost impossible standard for those who may follow.”

Horyn was a  “superb reporter, one who used fashion as her lens to look into broader cultural themes,” said the memo.

She will continue to work on a book from Rizzoli about the NYT’s fashion coverage from the 1850s to today.