WELCOME WAGON: Fashion designers, scribes, publicists and personalities made a stop a few blocks south of Times Square to the recently opened Skylark lounge Tuesday night to fete Eric Wilson’s new job as fashion news director at InStyle magazine.

With just 48 hours as an official InStyle employee, Wilson, who was often flanked by Ariel Foxman, the magazine’s editor, welcomed the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Francisco Costa, Zac Posen, Thakoon Panichgul, Vera Wang and Eddie Borgo, to name a few. Wilson’s former New York Times buddies Stuart Emmrich and Cathy Horyn mingled in the crowd.

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Breaking from the fray, Wilson talked about his role at the magazine and all the huff surrounding the trove of recent departures from the Times, which included Nate Silver, David Pogue, Brian Stelter, Matt Bai and Hugo Lindgren, the Sunday Magazine’s editor.

“My feeling is very personal. I think it’s largely coincidental based on my personal knowledge of some of the circumstances of some of the departures,” he said. “They are not all the same. There was no sense of rushing out of the door. In my case, my choice was based on an incredible offer that came to me — it was pretty much the definition of where I wanted to go with my career. But I think the departures do relate to some major shifts happening in journalism where there are some improved economic conditions for a lot of publications that can make some offers.”

Wilson will cover red-carpet events and continue to cover fashion weeks both in New York and in Europe, but he won’t be writing reviews, Foxman explained. Instead, for the monthly, Wilson will write a column on a timely topic, as well as a designer profile. For instyle.com, he will pen a weekly column and write about pertinent news events, while also creating multimedia content.

Reporting directly to Foxman, Wilson won’t be in charge of anyone, at least not yet.

“He’s not editing anyone’s work starting today, but I can see structures developing around him,” Foxman hinted, explaining that Wilson will sit in on all the news meetings and oversee the designer pages.

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