To kickstart this series, I posed five questions to Sarah Harris. Sarah is the Fashion Features Director at British Vogue. You may be familiar with her articles if you’re a regular reader of the magazine. She is featured a number of times in the February 2016 with a slew of though-provoking pieces. Her dissection of ’the return of show off fashion’ was featured in the September 2015 issue, a well-written look at the showy nature of the fall collections; or maybe you’ve read about her week as a Cavalli girl - a hit among readers, Sarah tells me. Her street-style is coveted by women globally, and street-style photographers clamour to photograph her. Equipped with impeccable style and an affinity for denim (95% of her time is spent in jeans, with over 90 pairs in her wardrobe); another underlying fact is her eye-catching grey hair.
I hope you enjoy 5 Questions with… Sarah Harris.You’ve worked at Tatler, WWD and W, and currently you’re at Vogue. What were your roles at each publication?
I worked as a fashion assistant at Tatler, editorial coordinator at WWD/W (working in the London bureau) and now fashion features director at Vogue (where I started as fashion features writer).
How does working at Vogue compare to the other publications?
I’ve been lucky that I have always worked for great publications. I started at Conde Nast as an intern while at London College of Fashion and then worked for Tatler as soon as I graduated. Vogue is a great place to work, and it has changed a lot since I joined because now the job involves more than just putting a monthly magazine together; there is online, social media, the Vogue Festival, Fashion’s Night Out. It’s become a much bigger world.
From trend reports to designer-specific pieces, what type of fashion feature does the reader respond best to?
It always surprises me the stories that people remember. The ones I wrote that are most commented on are when I spent a week wearing couture, and also when I spent 5 days as a Cavalli girl, onboard the Cavalli boat in Cannes. First person pieces always tend to resonate with our readers.
How do you feel about your street-style stardom?
Well, it has become an odd part of the job! But I’m not under any illusions - I realise that people only take my picture because of where I work.
Your hair is quite the talking point. Ironically, I’m going to ask you: do you ever get tired of people asking about it?
It’s always lovely when someone complements it, and I’m always surprised when they do. I started going grey in my late teens and so it’s normal to me now, but lots of people find it quite unusual, I suppose because most grey-haired women dye their hair. The people who comment on my hair always ask me where I get it coloured, and i don’t think they fully believe me when I say it’s natural.
Photo Credit: My own, le21eme.com, jaiperdumaveste.com, Phil Oh for vogue.com, my own