Laura Brown Named Editor in Chief of 'InStyle'

She leaves "Harper's Bazaar" after 11 years.
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She leaves "Harper's Bazaar" after 11 years.

The pre-fashion month shakeups have begun! Beloved editor Laura Brown is leaving her role as executive editor, special projects at Harper's Bazaar after 11 years with the Hearst magazine. She's moving onto bigger things — namely, the editor-in-chief role at InStyle. She replaces Ariel Foxman, who announced his resignation in July. The news was announced Monday by Time, Inc.'s Chief Content Officer Alan Murray and Editorial Director for the Celebrity, Entertainment and Style Group, Jess Cagle. She begins Aug. 29 and will report to Cagle.

Brown has long been much more than a fashion editor; in addition to wrangling and interviewing celebrities and conceptualizing covers, she's a fashion personality in her own right, with a slew of television and online video appearances under her belt. A few of her most memorable behind-the-scenes accomplishments at Harper's Bazaar include Rihanna's shark mouth cover, profiles of Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, fashion portfolios with the likes of Takashi Murakami and Tim Burton and, of course, a cartoon fashion editorial featuring The Simpsons. Her voice is more approachable, relatable and down-to-earth than that of many of her fashion editor contemporaries, making her a natural fit for InStyle, one of the industry's more democratic and celebrity-focused print publications. Especially now, when EICs are expected to wear more hats than ever. This is very much the case at InStyle, which has been evolving from a print magazine into "a multimedia, multi-platform brand," as Time Inc. Vice Chairman Norman Pearlstine put it in a press release announcing Foxman's departure. 

"With her dynamic point of view, collaborative spirit and deep expertise in fashion and celebrity, Laura will be an exciting and transformative force for InStyle," Cagle said in a statement. “Her rich experience combined with her profound storytelling skills across print, digital, video and television will take this powerful brand to even greater heights."

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