For those of us at THE FILE it’s hard not to get overcome by a raging case of patriotism over a woman like Laura Brown. After all, like us she hails from the land of outrageously Instagram-friendly vistas, Antipodean design duo Romance Was Born (refer to the aces red and black print dress LB wears in the shoot) and hallowed marsupial of the west, the quokka.
She has made a dazzlingly impressive international career in fashion and media that’s been characterised by her sense of humour, willingness to take the piss out of herself (and any other subject up for potential piss-taking) and a chill bro mien – qualities often cited in Australians who’ve found State-side success (see also Laura’s fellow expat/posse member Rose Byrne). When those traits collide with whip smart intelligence, great editorial instincts and a sincere interest in people, she’s a bona fide force.
Sure, we might sound like rabid fawners, but we’re simply taking our cues from Laura Brown herself. She’s one of the most outspoken champions of Australian talent in her realm. Case in point: when giving us the skinny on who cuts and colours her hair she proclaims: “Cutler salon in NY – owned by Rodney Cutler. Aussie!”
Based in New York, her day job is Executive Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR (“it’s also my night job” she half-jokes) a title that comes with perks like being BFFs with Sally Draper of which we are blind with jealousy.
While she’s staunchly Aussie at heart, Laura moved to New York from Sydney over a decade ago. “Got on a plane with two bags and a dream,” she tells us “…on Sept 4, 2001. So the timing was spectacular. Still here, but.”
That’s an understatement.
The mag was recently anointed Hottest Fashion Magazine in AdWeek’s perennial ‘Hot List’, and under Laura’s steer BAZAAR’s pages have featured an exemplary diverse mix of inspiring, talented, beautiful women; from the nouveau ingénue crew (Kendall Jenner, Rihanna and Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke) to one-name-needed icons like Christy and Kate, to the new guard of creative overachievers such as Uzo Aduba and October 2015 cover star Lena Dunham.
In addition to calling the shots behind the scenes, she’s not half bad talent in front of the camera either. You’ll soon be able to catch her cameo appearance alongside current Chanel muse Kristen Stewart in the fashion house’s latest film Once And Forever. We’d be remiss if we also didn’t steer you to The Look, a celebrity interviews series she hosted (complete with the installation of entirely self-serving wind machines).
So what does a woman with a hectic high-profile career do during her limited down time?
Here’s how she describes her typical Sunday morning:
“They’re normally more productive than a Saturday morning when, if I’m at home, I lie around like I have chronic fatigue. Sunday I’ll sleep solidly, hopefully, get up and go to SoulCycle – where instructors yell inspirationally while you pedal like you’re escaping a fire. Then I’ll shower, get ready and go drink at lunch.”
And her beauty go-to for solving the subsequent hangover?
“Some sort of restorative sandwich. With cheese on it.”
See why we love this girl?
Words by Susannah Tucker.
Shot by Soraya Zaman.