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InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Erik Jackson
In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Executive Editor Erik Jackson has been at InStyle for six years and oversees features content, cover stories, news, and our home and entertaining stories. We interviewed him to find out his favorite InStyle memory, how he landed his position, and what he’s excited for in 2014:
What year did you start?I joined the staff full-time in 2008.How did you land the job?Originally, I came aboard as a Project Editor for only five months, to do whatever was thrown at me—reporting, writing or editing stories from almost every section in the magazine. When the editors saw that I wasn’t easily flummoxed, they asked me to extend my stay to fill in for a beauty editor on maternity leave. (For a guy whose knowledge of cosmetics was limited to sunscreen, THAT was quite an education!) Next, I wrote lots of stories about celebrity homes and entertaining for our Life Etc. section. Finally, InStyle asked me to join the team full-time. How has your position changed since you started?As a staffer for the past six years, I’ve worked as a Senior Editor, then Features Editor and now as Executive Editor. My role started on the front lines, handling everything from news items to cover stories, and has evolved into a more supervisory role, in which I work with the editorial team and the art and photo departments to shape our print and digital content.What was your most InStyle moment?I was at a friend’s party and a woman asked me what I did for a living. I told her I was an editor at InStyle and she literally swooned and had to sit down—the magazine meant that much to her. Admittedly, her reaction may have been on the extreme end of the spectrum (she recovered quickly and is fine, don’t worry), but it delighted me to learn how much the service and joy that InStyle provides means to its readers. What is your favorite InStyle memory?It was at our huge Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles one year. I’d just met Jessica Alba and noticed Uma Thurman approaching. She was looking dismayed at the long line for the ladies room, so I volunteered to sneak her into the mens room instead, where there was no wait (shh, don’t tell the other women). Later, we gabbed for a while at the sinks as a procession of very surprised guys came and went, marveling at this unexpected vision in Versace. What do you love most about working at InStyle?The commitment to excellence among my colleagues is inspiring. Whether the subject matter is deeply profound or just fun and frivolous, the staff digs in to deliver the most satisfying reader experience possible. What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle?The scope of the brand. InStyle has grown into a force well beyond its much-loved print edition. Our digital team’s incredible work means that InStyle’s fun and informative reporting can be found everywhere, from the website and mobile to apps and a wide array of social media platforms (hey there, Snapchat!).What are you most looking forward to this year at InStyle?As I write this, our intrepid Life Etc. department is pulling together hundreds of items to feature in our eye-popping annual holiday gift guide. I love getting the early preview of inspired gifts to buy my peeps—and, it must be admitted, for things to get myself, too!
For more on our 20th anniversary, head on over to 20th.instyle.com to celebrate with us!

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Erik Jackson

In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Executive Editor Erik Jackson has been at InStyle for six years and oversees features content, cover stories, news, and our home and entertaining stories. We interviewed him to find out his favorite InStyle memory, how he landed his position, and what he’s excited for in 2014:

What year did you start?
I joined the staff full-time in 2008.

How did you land the job?
Originally, I came aboard as a Project Editor for only five months, to do whatever was thrown at me—reporting, writing or editing stories from almost every section in the magazine. When the editors saw that I wasn’t easily flummoxed, they asked me to extend my stay to fill in for a beauty editor on maternity leave. (For a guy whose knowledge of cosmetics was limited to sunscreen, THAT was quite an education!) Next, I wrote lots of stories about celebrity homes and entertaining for our Life Etc. section. Finally, InStyle asked me to join the team full-time.

How has your position changed since you started?
As a staffer for the past six years, I’ve worked as a Senior Editor, then Features Editor and now as Executive Editor. My role started on the front lines, handling everything from news items to cover stories, and has evolved into a more supervisory role, in which I work with the editorial team and the art and photo departments to shape our print and digital content.

What was your most InStyle moment?
I was at a friend’s party and a woman asked me what I did for a living. I told her I was an editor at InStyle and she literally swooned and had to sit down—the magazine meant that much to her. Admittedly, her reaction may have been on the extreme end of the spectrum (she recovered quickly and is fine, don’t worry), but it delighted me to learn how much the service and joy that InStyle provides means to its readers.

What is your favorite InStyle memory?
It was at our huge Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles one year. I’d just met Jessica Alba and noticed Uma Thurman approaching. She was looking dismayed at the long line for the ladies room, so I volunteered to sneak her into the mens room instead, where there was no wait (shh, don’t tell the other women). Later, we gabbed for a while at the sinks as a procession of very surprised guys came and went, marveling at this unexpected vision in Versace.

What do you love most about working at InStyle?
The commitment to excellence among my colleagues is inspiring. Whether the subject matter is deeply profound or just fun and frivolous, the staff digs in to deliver the most satisfying reader experience possible.

What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle?
The scope of the brand. InStyle has grown into a force well beyond its much-loved print edition. Our digital team’s incredible work means that InStyle’s fun and informative reporting can be found everywhere, from the website and mobile to apps and a wide array of social media platforms (hey there, Snapchat!).

What are you most looking forward to this year at InStyle?
As I write this, our intrepid Life Etc. department is pulling together hundreds of items to feature in our eye-popping annual holiday gift guide. I love getting the early preview of inspired gifts to buy my peeps—and, it must be admitted, for things to get myself, too!

For more on our 20th anniversary, head on over to 20th.instyle.com to celebrate with us!

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For me, the biggest surprise of last week’s Emmys didn’t happen onstage. More shocking than Tracy Morgan passing out, or Mad Men’s unexpected shutout was how radiant Lucy Liu looked in her flawlessly contoured column. Since my plans don’t include walking the red carpet, I’d swap her style for Versace’s shorter number. My chainmail and satin dress may only be a fraction of her gown’s length, but this heavy metal mini would capture all of her glamour. Find out how to get Lucy Liu’s sparkle!
 —Randy Miller, Associate Editor
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For me, the biggest surprise of last week’s Emmys didn’t happen onstage. More shocking than Tracy Morgan passing out, or Mad Men’s unexpected shutout was how radiant Lucy Liu looked in her flawlessly contoured column. Since my plans don’t include walking the red carpet, I’d swap her style for Versace’s shorter number. My chainmail and satin dress may only be a fraction of her gown’s length, but this heavy metal mini would capture all of her glamour. Find out how to get Lucy Liu’s sparkle!

 —Randy Miller, Associate Editor

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Maybe I’ve seen one too many Westerns, but when I’m feeling my most wicked only the darkest duds will do. Now Versace’s thrown my color palette into chaos with a killer pair of white hot heels. Mesh insets, leather cutouts and a daring lucite platform arm these rebellious spikes for a walk on the wild side. Black always has its place in my wardrobe, but the next time I want to be bad I’m wearing white. Click here to see the price of these dramatic heels!
 —Randy Miller, Assistant Editor
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Maybe I’ve seen one too many Westerns, but when I’m feeling my most wicked only the darkest duds will do. Now Versace’s thrown my color palette into chaos with a killer pair of white hot heels. Mesh insets, leather cutouts and a daring lucite platform arm these rebellious spikes for a walk on the wild side. Black always has its place in my wardrobe, but the next time I want to be bad I’m wearing white. Click here to see the price of these dramatic heels!

 —Randy Miller, Assistant Editor

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There was a time when hats and heels were de rigueur and handbags were called pocketbooks. The traditional structure of Versace’s patent leather bag makes me wax nostalgic but the bold crimson pattern (not to mention the interior cell phone sleeve) is thoroughly modern—which means that I can pair it with a pencil skirt and pumps if I’m having a Barbara Billingsley moment, or skinny jeans and stilettos if my mood is more Beyonce. Either way, it’s an instant classic.
—Bronwyn Barnes, Entertainment Editor






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There was a time when hats and heels were de rigueur and handbags were called pocketbooks. The traditional structure of Versace’s patent leather bag makes me wax nostalgic but the bold crimson pattern (not to mention the interior cell phone sleeve) is thoroughly modern—which means that I can pair it with a pencil skirt and pumps if I’m having a Barbara Billingsley moment, or skinny jeans and stilettos if my mood is more Beyonce. Either way, it’s an instant classic.

Bronwyn Barnes, Entertainment Editor


Click here to see more details on this graphic bag!

See All Jewelry          See All Shoes               See All Bags