I die over Harris Reed.
Harris runs this top fashion blog— def one of my favs. & he’s so cool it hurts.
He completely inspired me.
Through blogging Harris overcame constant bullying, started a tee-shirt line, & has interviewed the top celebrities. Harris works for top dog, fashion legend, Kelly Cutrone too.
Oh, & BTW: he kinda doesn’t give a F what anyone thinks of him either.
I mean…. he pretty much rocks.
& uhhh, he’s seventeen.
Check this kid out— he’s pretty impressive:
+ Tell us about yourself & your blog.
Harris Reed: My name is Harris Reed. I’m a seventeen year old designer & blogger living in France.
People know me as the guy who’s on the red carpet interviewing people like Taylor Swift and One Direction or at New York Fashion Week working front of house for the fashion shows, but in reality I’m just an awkwardly tall, gay kid who’s living a dream that I’ve worked so hard to achieve.
I started my blog almost four years ago and it’s brought experiences I’ve never thought possible. Many people don’t realize that I’ve worked very hard: for the first year or so no one cared about the blog & a lot of people bullied me because I was a fourteen year old gay kid putting myself out there, on the Internet.
From my blog I’ve started a tee-shirt line, landed a job working FOX’s Teen Choice Awards red carpet, & dressed/designed for some amazing people. I’ve also been able to attend NYC Fashion Week for three years to work for fashion legend, Kelly Cutrone.
+ What inspired you to start blogging?
HR: I started the blog with my friend Sydney. It was a way for us to express our love for fashion & share our passion with the world. I think it was easier to launch a blog with a friend rather then by yourself because we had each other’s back if it got rough with people’s negative responses or opinions.
After we blogged together for a while, it took a turn & I started to post more about my personal fashion. I was so happy when people messaged me about how I was inspiring them to be themselves & not care so much what other’s thought of them.
The blog has become more of my life with fashion, obviously. But ultimately, I love that just by posting pics people are being inspired to be who they are!
+ Ok so, who inspires & keeps you on your toes in the fashion world?
HR: Alexander McQueen is one of my ultimate inspiration as far as design goes, but as for business- hands down: Kelly Cutrone. She’s taught me so much & she never seesess to amaze me! She’s a businesswoman, best selling author, celebrity, mother, & just an amazing person.
+ A trend is just nasty & sick? LOL.
HR: Haha, I love this question. Most people are to afraid to speak their mind and would say something like “we all have our own taste, I love fashion period.”
I really, really hate running sneakers ( like Nike’s ) with outfits that aren’t for working out! I JUST HATE IT…you look so cute but please, take the sneakers off for God’s sake!!! Wear them for workouts.
+ Can’t-live-without beauty product?
HR: Clinique ‘Anti-Blemish Solutions’ and the sun…the sun is my best weapon to out beat the girls.
They might have Chanel ’Bronzing primer’ but I have my 1/4th Mexican blood & I’m making it count!
+ Tips for peeps on a budget?
HR: THRIFT SHOPS!!! I know it might sound clique to say thrift shopping is the way to go but it is, don’t let Macklemore ruin thrift shopping for you. I love thrift shops because you can find so many desinger items & just overall beautiful/interesting pieces.
In Paris there’s stores where you buy by the kilo & there’s nothing but but vintage furs/boots for days. I love it! An old scarf can make a cool dress or a dress can make a cool top…so many opportunities.
+ Let’s talk guy’s fashion; what are you loving right now?
HR: With women’s fashion my opinion is usually the same, classic, elegant, & sexy, but with menswear I’m always changing my mind with the seasons.
At the moment my complete ideal guy’s outfit would be simple & mostly black. Im obsessed with this brand SANDRO ( << now avail at Nordstroms!! ); it’s European & amazing. The guy’s collection is basically white dress shirts with skinny black pants & structured peacoats. It’s the epitome of France.
+ Five must-haves:
1.} Leather trench.
2.} Understated printed skirt.
3.} A basic black peacoat.
4.} Black, snake booties.
5.} Huge over-sized sweater.
+ What’s happening in Europe right now that hasn’t hit the US?
HR: A trend that I’m loving in Europe is that a large amount of people wear simple & high end clothes everyday. In the US you see girls in different outfits everyday & a huge amount of the clothes come from stores like Forever 21, H&M, etc. But in Europe I notice girls & guys have a few nice pieces of clothes that they’ll repeat often.
An example is a chic black peacoat with a stunning, chunky sweater & a pair of leather leggings. Everything is really amazing quality & they’ll trade the pants/accessories up. However, the base of the outfit stays the same ( coat, bag, shoes ). SO basically everyone looks like a million dollars even if the don’t have money. I love that it’s not who has more clothes or who has money, it’s who has style.
+ Best fashion advice you’ve ever gotten?
HR: Don’t ever be scared to be the first one to wear something a certain way, or wear something no one’s ever seen before, because that is how trends begin. By not giving a care in the world or worrying about what people think.
You only live one life so don’t be scared of looking like what people want you to look like.
Who cares if you’re the crazy girl wearing purple tights with a plaid skirt?! At least you’re happy! Or I guess, in my case: the boy wearing purple tights & plaid skirt ; )!
+ To follow Harris on Instagram, click here.