Have you ever shown up to a restaurant in your PJs? Like us, you may have thought about it, even been tempted to do it, but we’re pretty sure the only person that can pull the stunt off is Teen Vogue’s Style Features Director Andrew Bevan.
With the show “Breakfast with Bevan” where Andrew interviews notables over breakfast such as Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam and Juliette Lewis, he’s no doubt become king when it comes to all things of the rise-and-shine persuasion. Bevan’s always been well-versed in the food world, as he grew up helping out at his Mom’s restaurant – The Eggshell – in Denver. Now, he’s translated that culinary know-how to mornings at Condé Nast. Because who doesn’t want to wake up with Teen Vogue, Coco Rocha and pancakes? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I assume this ideal food day means calories don’t count! I’d start with a Beehive Oven’s ham-and-brie biscuit for breakfast (not sure what is in the Jezabel sauce, but it’s from another planet). A veggie burger with bacon (no joke) and smoked gouda at Westville for lunch or the amazing kale salad at Tiny’s if I’m feeling healthier. Artful sushi at 1 or 8 in Williamsburg for dinner, finished off with birthday cake truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar for dessert.
What was your most memorable “Breakfast with Bevan” episode and why?
Ninety-five percent of the episodes I’ve filmed so far are with people I’ve had relationships with for a long time, so they are special to me in different ways and I think the viewer can really see unique chemistry in each. The first episode with Rebecca Minkoff and Jessica Stam will always be hilarious to me because we had no clue what we were doing and it came out very natural and hilarious. I love that in the Coco Rocha episode, her and I really have our own hyper language and finish each other’s sentences, not to mention the episode is rife with inside jokes. The episode with Juliette Lewis and I in our bathrobes really fully shows off our zany, but unyielding bond. Kelly Osbourne and I have known each other for a long time and I was so honored and taken aback by how comfortable she was to get so candid and honest with me.
Who do you want on the show, that hasn’t been on it yet?
I would have to say Drew Barrymore, Oprah or Beyonce – or maybe all three together at the same time (although my head would explode!). I’ve always felt like Drew Barrymore and I are kindred spirits of sorts and I’m curious if my instincts are correct. She’s magnetic and goofy and so cool, but very smart at the same time. Oprah and Beyonce just go without saying right?
Some say you’re known to be a ‘talent-spotter’ – why is that?
I’m not sure! It’s something that just seems to come naturally. It is all from my gut instinct and from really pounding the pavement (and the internet). Perhaps I was a talent agent in a former life. I tend to respond to authenticity, someone who is thinking outside of the box and breaking a mold, anyone slightly rough around the edges, and people that are just plain nice and gracious.
If you could predict the next talent, who would it be?
The Australian band The Preatures, Zoe Bleu Sidel, Evangeline Ling, and Tallulah Willis…if I told you more, you wouldn’t have to buy Teen Vogue now would you?
Who are your favorite fashion ‘It’ girls right now? Any in food?
I’ve known Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor and Laura Love since they were little teenie boppers, so it’s really exciting to see them come into their own as New York City fashion plates (not to mention they are having a blast while doing it!). I’m so proud of how lovely they’ve turned out. I think Gia Coppola is going to be stealing the sartorial show this year (undoubtedly in more Proenza Schouler and Saint Laurent) with the press and premiere of her directorial debut film Palo Alto. She’s been looking so uber-chic, but true to her smart girl California self. Zoe Bleu Sidel is for sure one girl to watch. She has an incredible arsenal of dramatic vintage clothes and she’s not afraid to use them!
As far as the fashion-food crossover…My best friend, model Michele Ouellet, is not only incredibly gorgeous and vivacious, but grew up in Napa Valley and launched a rosé label with her mom. My pal Harley Viera-Newton is really getting into baking over the past year and looks so cute doing it! Morgan Saylor from Homeland recently moved to New York and is not only getting really into fashion, but has also taken up pie-making as a hobby and is getting really good at it. She made me a peach pie last month!
How do you always start your day?
I am truly the worst morning person ever. I tend to hit snooze five times. I groggily check work emails and my Instagram feed to procrastinate being vertical. Then I have to take a shower to wake up. Then I make French press coffee. My mom bought me a Le Creuset French Press for Christmas. I don’t know why, but there is something that feels so seventies about French press coffee, especially when it’s ceramic. It’s very Annie Hall or something.
What’s a typical lunch like at Teen Vogue?
Well the Conde Nast cafeteria finally discovered the joys of kale, so that has been a game changer. My go-to salad is kale, apples, blue cheese, mushrooms, corn, turkey, hard boiled egg, honey mustard dressing and Sriracha. I’m shamelessly not going to lie though…twice a month or so is buffalo chicken wrap day and it’s my all-time favorite.