Mark your calendars: Fashionista's sixth annual How to Make It in Fashion Conference is returning to New York on June 15. We're so excited to bring together some of the fashion industry's biggest talents and brightest minds to share their insight and advice for building a strong career. We're especially looking forward to hearing from keynote speaker InStyle Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown, who makes fashion as fun as it is glamorous.
Brown, a native of Australia and a graduate of Charles Sturt University, moved to New York City with $5,000 in her pocket and no real contacts. Her gamble paid off: After a few editorial gigs, she went from Senior Editor W to a short stint as Articles Director of Details before Harper's Bazaar came calling. Brown logged 11 years at Harper's Bazaar, ultimately climbing the ranks to become Executive Editor and leaving her stamp on the publication with her snappy celebrity interviews and witty editorials that combined the worlds of art, pop culture and fashion.
Appointed Editor-in-Chief of InStyle in August of 2016, Brown has been steadily building out the brand ever since. She's in charge of the magazine, digital strategy across all platforms and 13 international editions — all of which reach some 30-plus million women. She also leads special projects, like the annual InStyle Awards, Badass Women, and video series like PeopleTV's "Dirty Laundry." All-in-all, she's been heralded as one of the names ushering in a new era of editors-in-chief.
Brown has worked hard to get where she is today, but she never sacrificed kindness or fun along the way. In a Q&A chat with Fashionista Deputy Editor Tyler McCall, Brown will share what she learned on her journey to InStyle and what it means to be an editor-in-chief in today's media landscape.