One of The New York Times‘ most clever and (dare we say) sassy fashion reporters, Eric Wilson, has left the paper of record for the glossies. He’ll join InStyle as fashion news director on November 18.
The newly-created position will involve overseeing designer and fashion industry features in print and online, including editing, writing, and “creating multimedia content,” reports WWD. Wilson told the trade he’ll be “coming up with new ways to explain to readers why fashion is important and exciting.”
He also said his decision to leave the Times stemmed from wanting to do more than just reporting (He was at WWD before the Times). “I’ve been doing fashion journalism for 17 years and I love it so much but I wanted to figure out what would make sense for the rest of my career,” he said. “When I talked to [EIC Ariel Foxman] about this, what he had in mind for the position and what I had in mind for my career were the same.”
We’ll miss Wilson’s dishy scoops and honest, witty commentary on the fashion industry, but a significant role at a magazine could be an opportunity for him to extend his point of view beyond the occasional digestible ‘On the Runway’ article.
We also wonder what this means for the future of InStyle–could the celeb-focused glossy be going in a more journalistic, industry-centric direction? While fun to read (and seemingly doing well), InStyle has never quite had the industry cred of competitors like Elle, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. At the same time, though, Wilson clearly has an interest in celebrity dressing, given The Red Carpet Project, an in-depth archive of Oscars red carpet looks he worked on earlier this year.
The paper, of course, still has Suzy Menkes and Cathy Horyn–but it will be interesting if a new byline starts popping up to dish on ‘All Things Fashion’ after Wilson’s departure.