How Not to Be a Character in a ‘Bad Fashion Movie’

Laura Brown lost her job as a top magazine editor in 2022. That’s OK.

About 10 months ago, Laura Brown put on an emerald green suit and walked into an East Village art gallery, where two rows of benches lined the walls of a square, high-ceiling room. She took her seat in the front row.

It could have been a scene in what Ms. Brown calls a “B.F.M.,” or “bad fashion movie” — a phrase she began using several years ago to describe the fashion editor archetype: elitist, egomaniacal and downright “Devil Wears Prada”-ish. One day earlier, the publisher Dotdash Meredith announced that Ms. Brown’s job, editor in chief of InStyle

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