Laura Brown Shows Us How to Have Fun with Fashion
Whether she's posing with an A-lister perched on her lap (check out her hashtag, #onLaurasLap, to see what we mean) or collapsing with excitement over meeting Gloria Steinem, this outspoken Aussie and editor of InStyle magazine (a Meredith sister publication) is 100 percent herself: whip-smart, glamorous, and refreshingly goofy for a high priestess of fashion. Consider her work uniform: "A well-priced jumpsuit. I enjoy looking like I can fix a car," she says. Throw in some leopard print and flowy dresses, and you've captured her freewheeling nature. (But no skirts, please: "I'm a skirt failure.")
It's no surprise that Brown's style mantra is to "underthink it. Also my life mantra, actually," she says. When the high-profile editor does need to dress up, her favorite designers for fancy clothes are Valentino and Chanel. "For everyday, I like Étoile Isabel Marant, Ganni, and Dôen," she says. Her interior choices are just as varied and fun as her wardrobe: "My style at home is rococo, midcentury, and marsupial—I have gold koala figurines."
Brown also revels in rich storytelling—"having a mad idea, shooting it, doing an interview, and putting it out in the world"—whether it's a celebrity profile, a fashion feature, or the Badass Women series, a tribute to female powerhouses. "You can spend all day shaking your fist at what's happening, or you can read about a rad lady and what she stands for," says Brown, whose other mega-phone is Instagram, where she charms her nearly 300,000 followers daily. "It's the magazine of your life," she says. We'll subscribe to that.
The Perfect Lip Combo
Clear Skin Solution
"It cleans your skin right up," Brown says of her must-have skincare product.
Resurface by Shani Darden "Retinol Reform," $95 for 1 oz., shnidrden.com.
"Most days I'll wear this or a dress," the editor explains. "I like to feel all girl-on-the-go."
& Other Stories Belted Workwear Boilersuit, $129, stories.com.
"I have a heart-shaped face, so these just work," Brown says of her favorite shades.
Ray-Ban "Aviator" Sunglasses, $153, shopbop.com.
"The color is so beautiful," she says. "I'd be happy in Versailles."
Blue Opaline Lamp, 1stdibs.com.
"I have one cup of iced coffee every morning. I don't care if it's February," Brown says of her morning coffee habit.
Trader Joe's Kona Coffee, $15, traderjoes.com.
"I wear them under my foundation, and they make my skin glow," she says."
Dr. Barbara Sturm "Glow Drops," $135 for 30 ml, net-a-porter.com.
The Got-It-Together Handbag
"It's my got-it-together, proper-lady bag," says Brown of her beloved accessory.
Louis Vuitton "City Steamer MM" Handbag, $4,000, us.louisvuitton.com.
"This spot in Alice Springs is my favorite place on the planet," Brown explains. "It's where I got engaged. Whenever I'm back in Australia, I want to roll in that red dirt."
The Kangaroo Sanctuary, kangaroosanctuary.com.
"It's the most perfectly designed thing," says Brown of her favorite watch.
Bulgari "Serpenti Tubogas" Watch, price upon request, bulgari.com.
"A touch of this on your eyelids wakes up your entire face," she explains. "It's magic."
Charlotte Tilbury "Eyes to Mesmerise" in "Bette," $23.47, net-a-porter.com.
Neutral Nail Color
"I like a more natural look when I actually get a manicure," says Brown.
Essie Nail Polish in "Ballet Slippers," $8.25, amazon.com.
"To unwind, I'll drink a glass of wine," Brown says. "Or two. Or walk around Central Park and look at turtles."
Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $50, flowerswinery.com.
"I'll pair these low heels with jeans and a T-shirt," she says. "I love their whimsy."
Roger Vivier "I Love Vivier" Animal-Print Pumps, $925, saksfifthavenue.com.
"Please put these cookies in the fridge. You'll be forever changed," Brown says of this sweet indulgence.
Arnott's Mint Slices, $7, amazon.com.