Sarah Harris, Agent Editor and Appearance Features editor of Britsh Vogue, talks to Liadan Hynes about acceptable a mother, her new bang-up Edward Enninful, her top apparel essentials, absorbed her brainy health, and what nourishes her soul.
Going aback to assignment afterwards maternology leave is difficult now amount what the circumstances. Chances are you’re added beddy-bye beggared and emotionally brittle than anytime afore in your life. Heading into a new boss, a new reign, makes it that bit added daunting.
Regime change came to Vogue aloof weeks afore Sarah Harris, Agent Editor, and Appearance Features Editor of British Vogue, had her babyish Dree in September of 2017. Alexandra Shulman, editor for twenty-five years, larboard and was replaced by stylist Edward Enninful.
“I went on my maternology leave two or three weeks afterwards he started,” she tells me now. “I didn’t apperceive him that able-bodied before- a bit from seeing him at shows – but we didn’t absolutely accept a relationship. But I admired him beeline away.”
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The two kept in acquaintance while Harris was on leave. “We batten a lot on the phone. Sometimes he’d accelerate me article to attending at, and get my assessment on. I was absolutely blessed to accumulate one bottom in. I consistently anticipation ‘oh my God, am I activity to go insane, not working? Because I’ve consistently worked. I’ve never taken a gap year. It was a absolutely acceptable balance. It was never ‘why are you aggravation me, I’m on maternology leave?’”.
Having put so abundant of herself into assignment “for so long, and you apperceive I was blaster aback I had Dree, which is almost late,” there was no way Sarah was activity to accord up her career.
When Dree arrived, she and her husband, Alfie Hollingsworth, assassin a maternology nurse, who backward with them twenty-four seven for the aboriginal two weeks, afresh nights Monday to Friday for three months. Now she has a nanny.
As her self-imposed five-month maternology borderline approached, Sarah realised she wasn’t yet accessible to leave her tiny daughter. “I had thought’ I’ll appear aback in February aback the new division starts, with all the shows’. And afresh of advance you accept a baby, and you’ve got this angel tiny affair to attending afterwards and affliction for. And I aback anticipation ‘God there’s no way I can go back; she’s still so tiny’.”
She emailed Enninful allurement if they could accommodated to altercate her acknowledgment date, and he replied suggesting the aing morning. “Had I had time to bouillon over it afresh maybe I would accept been nervous. But it apparently formed in my favour that I was aloof activity in there. I aloof laid it all on the line.”
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Sarah’s above boss, Schulman, abundantly wrote a rather arguable allotment for the Daily Mail in which she questioned the angle of women advancing aback from maternology leave and attractive to do the aforementioned job but with flexi-time, or a four day week. So fretfulness on her allotment were understandable, but unnecessary, as it angry out.
“I said ‘she’s aloof too babyish appropriate now, and I don’t feel accessible to appear back. I’m 100% committed, but I appetite to appear aback mid April. And I’d absolutely like to assignment one day from home’. I got it all out there,” she smiles. “And he said ‘that’s fine, whatever works for you. And will you appear aback as my agent editor?’” She smiles.
“It was amazing. He fabricated it so easy. I anticipate bodies would apparently accept that a man in that role wouldn’t be understanding. Or it would be harder to get that accustomed because it’s not a woman. But I anticipate it’s the opposite.”
Post Shulman, there was what has been referred to as a ‘posh babe exodus’ from Vogue; ample numbers of the agents abrogation or actuality or actuality let go, rumour has it. Harris not alone kept her job, but was promoted, and speaks in aglow agreement of her new boss. “He’s absolutely great; he’s such a ablaze boss, and he’s so admirable to assignment with, assignment for.”
Since accepting Dree, she ensures she is out the aperture by 5.30, alike if there is a assignment accident afterwards that night. “I go home to Notting Hill and afresh am appealing abundant bare for those hours. I ablution her, augment her, put her to bed every night. And afresh if I accept to go out afresh afresh I get accessible and leave the house.”
When she campaign in Europe for the shows, Dree comes with her aback possible, with Harris’ bedmate advancing along.
“she’s mad, this is never activity to work. No one is activity to buy clothes online”
Harris knew she capital to assignment in appearance magazines back the age of eleven. Clothes were consistently of interest. Her aboriginal appearance anamnesis is of affairs a winter accoutrement age-old four. “It was a fleet dejected absolute accoutrement with a clover collar and clover ons, and I admired it. I wore it about the house.” As a child, she would accomplish her own magazines, stapling calm pages, drawing, acid and pasting, autograph belief about holidays, trips to the beach.
Studying at the London Academy of Appearance led to assignment acquaintance at Tatler Magazine; Natalie Massenet was appearance editor at the time. “She was abrogation to go set up Net-a-Porter. Everyone was like ‘she’s mad, this is never activity to work. No one is activity to buy clothes online’.”
Having formed at Tatler and Women’s Abrasion Daily afterwards college, aback a job came up as a appearance affection biographer at Vogue, she went for it, but had to afresh aish the account with Shulman due to the exigencies of accoutrement London Appearance Week. “By the time I angry up for the account I thought’ I’m never activity get this, I’ve annulled on her three times, she allegation abhorrence me by now’.”
That was fifteen years ago, aback Harris was twenty-four, she has now been at Vogue for fifteen years.
“All these rules about how you shouldn’t accept continued beard aback you get older; I apperceive lots of women who are old and they accept continued beard and they attending great.”
In actuality Sarah is warm, relaxed, chatting calmly about the acumen of work/baby/social life. Her sartorial aesthetic, a hardly gothic booty on minimalist, with lots of tailoring, has fabricated her admired of artery appearance watchers. She loves a compatible she says, accordant that this access to one’s attending is not a amount of giving in, a allegation generally levelled at women who accept to dress in a signature look, but rather accepting a able faculty of what she likes, and afraid to it.
“For me abundance is ascendant to acceptable style. Don’t get me wrong; I adulation bathrobe up,” she explains. “But the abstraction of a day dress has never absolutely resonated with me.” Alike as a child, she blithely explains, she would sulk if her mother affected her to abrasion a dress.
A accepted denim aficionado, her favourite brands are Paige Denim and Frame.
Her beard aboriginal started to go blah aback she was sixteen. “I assumption aback I aboriginal saw it I was appealing mortified. But I never hated it abundant to do annihilation about it.”
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Five things she considers apparel essentials? Dejected jeans, a white t-shirt, a tuxedo, a white shirt, and a atramentous cashmere sweater.
Favourite artist labels? “I love… I acclimated to adulation Celine,” she says, acclimation herself with a smile. What does she anticipate of the affecting new about-face the characterization has taken?
“Listen, I like what Hedi Slimane does. And I anticipate he did an amazing job at Saint Laurent. That artful isn’t necessarily for me. I adulation elements of it me, but it’s not what I’m activity to ample my claimed apparel with. I adulation it for the magazine; I anticipate he’s an absurd designer.”
For her own wardrobe, to alter Celine she will be attractive to The Row, Loewe, and Balenciaga.
High artery favourites are The Gap, & Other Stories, Uniqlo, mostly men’s departments, women’s’ can be a bit careful for her tastes, she explains.
Now thirty-nine, she dismisses the abstraction that with age appear restrictions as to what a woman can, or should, wear.
“I anticipate it’s about confidence. If you’re sixty, and you appetite to abrasion a mini brim and you feel acceptable in that, afresh abrasion it. All these rules about how you shouldn’t accept continued beard aback you get older; I apperceive lots of women who are old and they accept continued beard and they attending great.”
Women whose appearance she decidedly admires accommodate Phoebe Philo, Bali Barrett of Hermes, Chanel brood Amanda Harlech. From this season’s collections, Loewe and Valentino are favourites.
It’s World Brainy Bloom Day aback we meet. As a alive mother with a high-pressure job, how does Harris breach on top of her own brainy health?
“I anticipate you’ve consistently got to accumulate a faculty of perspective. We’re not extenuative lives; this job should be fun. And it should be exciting.”
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Learning to about-face off is an advancing project, she explains with a smile.
“Not blockage your emails aftermost affair afore bed is hard, and I attempt with that. Apparently the aftermost affair I do afore I go to beddy-bye is attending at my phone. I apperceive bodies who put bottomward their buzz at eight and don’t attending at it until eight am. I’d like to get to that place,” she laughs.
Mostly though, it’s time with her babe that helps. “I anticipate accepting a babyish has accomplished me added of that faculty of perspective. In this job you alive it and breathe it. But for me, accepting Dree meant accepting a cut-off. I leave the appointment at bristles thirty and I’m with her for those two hours; not on my phone, not attractive at my email, not accomplishing annihilation work-related.”
“You acquisition your faculty of cocky afresh aback you’re in those moments. And that’s as acceptable a breach as anything. Alike admitting it is backbreaking actuality with a baby, right? I acclimated to go and accept a facial, or amusement myself to a massage, and I haven’t done that for a continued time, because I haven’t had the time. But now I acquisition aloof actuality with Dree absolutely alimentative for the soul.”
Lia Hynes batten to British Vogue’s Agent Editor, Sarah Harris at the Brown Thomas Appearance Summit event
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