Q&A with Beauty & Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar

October 22, 2009  

Harper's Bazaar's Avril Graham and The Daily Mustang's Laura Noble pose after their interview in the NorthPark Center's Swarovski October 22, 2009. (PHOTO BY LAURA NOBLE/DAILY MUSTANG)

Harper's Bazaar's Avril Graham and The Daily Mustang's Laura Noble pose after their interview in the NorthPark Center's Swarovski October 22, 2009. (PHOTO BY LAURA NOBLE/DAILY MUSTANG)

By Laura Noble
lnoble@smu.edu

The trend trailing queen, Avril Graham is one of the most powerful people in fashion. Conquering the new media world, she’s not only the beauty and fashion editor of the world’s longest running style magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, but she’s also a frequent contributor to E!’s Fashion Police and speaks regularly on The Today Show , Access Hollywood and other talk shows. The Daily Mustang sat down with the style maven at NorthPark Center’s Swarovski boutique to talk jewelry, fall fashion and about breaking into the industry.

First fashion memory?
As a child I remember sewing little outfits for my Barbies and forcing my family to watch me put on mock runway shows with them in my living room.

Biggest misconception about fashion editors?
I think people have this Devil Wears Prada perception that we’re unapproachable and somehow cruel. To me, it’s about being anything but that. It’s about helping people and being an advisor. I never look at someone and judge. I just say, ‘Hey, let’s add this to what you have going on’ or ‘Let’s take that off.’

What’s the favorite part of your job?
I love getting to play with clothes everyday and see what’s new and happening. Fashion is fun!

What’s in for 20-somethings this fall?
It’s a very black and post-punk time. There are a lot of grommets and studs. It’s a look that’s edgy but sleek and gorgeous at the same time. I love what DKNY and Alexander Wang are doing. It’s really all about a great return to the 80’s.

3 Style Must-do’s?
1. Get a great haircut
2. Constantly reinvent your look
3. Never wear the wrong shoes with pants

If you could have just one look, what’s essential?
A black sheath dress! You can accessorize it up or down with something like a giant Swarovski cocktail ring or give it a punch with a great neon lime scarf.

Who are the great style icons right now?
For hair, Victoria Beckham is really influential right now. When it comes to makeup, I really love Jennifer Aniston’s subtle use. And for overall style and fashion, I’d have to give it to Angelina Jolie. She always gets it right. I’ve never given her a thumbs down on E!’s Fashion Police. If leather is it, she’s doing it and doing it to tasteful perfection.

Best advice for college students?
Never wait for the ideal job. Get in where you want to be at any means whether it’s being a clerk or a contributor. Definitely do internships and make connections.

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