After graduating from Ballard High School, Saba Gray moved to New York City, becoming first a nanny and later an intern for a Vogue fashion photographer. Currently a fashion intern with Runway Passport, Gray has been able to style photo shoots and establish herself as a 19-year-old stylist, looking to make an impact on the elite fashion world.
What is your fashion view?
Everyone should be able to wear whatever you want to wear. I don’t think anyone has the right to tell someone what they’re wearing is wrong. … At the same time, I don’t want to be judged because I look like I’m wearing a smock, you know what I mean?
How would you describe your style?
What are your favorite pieces?
I really like choker necklaces and very armored jewelry. You can put it on with any outfit. And I’m really into headpieces right now. I have one that’s metal change, really tiny, very delicate-looking, and in the front it has little silver dangling (pieces).
Where do you like to shop?
Generally, I always thrift-store shop. … In New York, (I shop in) lots of random artist and flea markets – there’s loads of those – and pop-up shops. They’re just cool to go to. And to shop in Louisville? Acorn Apparel.
Who is your fashion icon and why?
I am very influenced by Edie Segdwick and Comme des Garçons. Comme des Garçons – it’s a fashion house – their clothing is art. It’s like wearing sculptures, which is so outrageous. … They make impeccable clothing that you can wear, and it’s still like wearing art (because of) the fine details.
Eventually, where would you like to see your career in fashion take you?
I’d like to be an editor of a magazine like (American Vogue Editor-in-Chief) Anna Wintour. … I want to be in control of something, and I think I can do it. … I’d like to make fashion as weird as it could get. When I went to (New York) Fashion Week last year, a lot of the women were just wearing (the same outfit): skinny jeans, stilettos and fur vests – a good 80 percent!