THE SABA-ISTS: Introducing Rachel Sharp, Fashion News Director Of Grazia

Saturday 24th November, 2018

Crafting eloquent, engaging and beautifully curated content is the habitual nature of Rachel Sharp’s day-to-day work – and has been for quite some time. Accumulating two decades of work experience in luxury print and digital media, her extraordinary multifaceted career includes extensive Editor and Editor in Chief roles held with the likes of GRAZIA and Harper's BAZAAR brands in both Australia and Arabia. An award-winning journalist, editor and Fashion News Director of GRAZIA AUSTRALIA, here, Rachel welcomes us into her lovely Sydney home to chat about work, career highlights and summer style.

“This sounds quite lofty, but I love that writing is a functional art form. It can entertain, inform, inspire, educate, enlighten, influence and even enrage if done right.”

Every good magazine cover shoot needs an equally amazing interview to give it meaning. I love knowing that the stories I write can be a moment of inspiration or even escapism in the middle of someone’s busy day. That’s my job as a fashion journalist: to captivate, inspire and inform readers about this incredible, powerful, multi-billion-dollar global industry I’m focused on as my niche (…). On the other side of the coin, I love being able to use my professional storytelling experience to support talented people who deserve a platform, or to shed light on important stories, like ethics and sustainable fabrications in the fashion world.

“I’ve experienced so many ‘pinch-me things.’ I’ve lunched with Karl Lagerfeld, interviewed Beyoncé, chatted over cocktails with Donatella Versace, met John Galliano backstage…”

sat front row at New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, visited Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris, even helicoptered into the New Zealand ski fields with Pip Edwards to mountain-test her new snow range – hundreds of incredible, WOW moments over two decades. But what’s always made me happiest is seeing a real, growing audience engage with the content I’ve created. As an editor, you put your heart and countless long hours into creating beautiful and engaging things that you pray other people will like, so it’s the best feeling in the world when people love them.

“I’ve experienced so many ‘pinch-me things.’ I’ve lunched with Karl Lagerfeld, interviewed Beyoncé, chatted over cocktails with Donatella Versace, met John Galliano backstage…”

sat front row at New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, visited Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris, even helicoptered into the New Zealand ski fields with Pip Edwards to mountain-test her new snow range – hundreds of incredible, WOW moments over two decades. But what’s always made me happiest is seeing a real, growing audience engage with the content I’ve created. As an editor, you put your heart and countless long hours into creating beautiful and engaging things that you pray other people will like, so it’s the best feeling in the world when people love them.

“There’s a lot of pressure in my industry to look ‘on trend,’ but I’ve learned over time to settle into my own consistent vibe and just add small elements that tick trends off each season.”

I grew up in a laid-back, idyllic coastal resort town called Port Macquarie, so I’ve always had a touch of the beachy-luxe bohemian in my wardrobe; even while living and working in big cities. Little things like a gold thread through a tailored jacket, layered gold chains or a cropped ankle on a pair of jeans gives me those beachy feels at work.

“I’ve never been one for minimalist fashion trends. Pared-back, all-black and neutral monotones just aren’t me.”

I love pretty things and unique shapes and details – at the very least, I need a statement button or asymmetric silhouette with some attitude to keep things interesting. I wouldn’t say that I’m rock chic, but I need a little edge. I’ve always loved Erin Wasson’s style for that reason.

“I’ve never been one for minimalist fashion trends. Pared-back, all-black and neutral monotones just aren’t me.”

I love pretty things and unique shapes and details – at the very least, I need a statement button or asymmetric silhouette with some attitude to keep things interesting. I wouldn’t say that I’m rock chic, but I need a little edge. I’ve always loved Erin Wasson’s style for that reason.

“A crisp, white collared shirt is my summer wardrobe hero every single season. It can literally take you from business meeting to beach.”

Just swap the tailored work skirt for a ripped denim mini, knot it into a loose crop over your bikini and you’re ready for sunset drinks. Also, jumpsuits are so on-trend right now. I’d wear a wide-legged summer one with heels to a work meeting or even cocktail party; but then with flat slides and shades to weekend brunch. They’re edgy and chic, but so versatile, which is why they’re a summer staple for me.

“Parties and evening launch events are a huge part of my work, and this time of year is especially hectic.”

It helps that my typical fashion magazine office attire is already close to a party look; all I need to do is change my shoes and bag, add more mascara and I’m ready to go. I’ve never been an LBD kind of girl. I prefer a statement suit or embellished top with tailored pants, or a chic jumpsuit.

“Parties and evening launch events are a huge part of my work, and this time of year is especially hectic.”

It helps that my typical fashion magazine office attire is already close to a party look; all I need to do is change my shoes and bag, add more mascara and I’m ready to go. I’ve never been an LBD kind of girl. I prefer a statement suit or embellished top with tailored pants, or a chic jumpsuit.

“This holiday season, I’m excited about animal prints, over-the-top accessories and more-is-more metallic fabrications.”

I must have around 30 pairs right now that I’ve collected over the years, and I still wear most of them on rotation. Same goes for sunglasses. My poor partner is literally losing his share of cupboard space daily. It’s an occupational hazard.