When we say Laura Brown, executive editor of
has a big personality, we're deeply underselling her. The Aussie transplant is one of the most charismatic style stars around — so much so that the mag granted her her very own online series. But behind her playful sense of humor, Brown is one seriously savvy editor, with wardrobe chops that rival any masthead's.
We caught up with the fantastically quirky editor at Harper's
sky-high, glass-encased HQ to comb through the fashion closet, pick her brain on all her favorite designers, and have a good laugh over her flawlessly executed zingers. What ensued was not only a magazine-lover's dream come true (yes, the HB
fashion closet really is
that good), but a feel-good afternoon for anyone who appreciates a smart woman. Click through for Brown's best tips for succeeding in life and fashion, and why everyone should don a little Dior.
Photographed by Mark Iantosca