‘I

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wake up at 7.30am and drink a soya milk latte, but that’s as rou­tine as my day gets. I try to go into the Manuka Life (manukalife. com) of­fices in Ful­ham ev­ery Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day – stay­ing in city-cen­tre ho­tels on Mon­days and Fri­days so I can quickly get to ap­point­ments and cast­ings – but I also do lots of in­ter­na­tional travel with mod­el­ling jobs, go­ing to trade fairs or do­ing qual­ity con­trol checks at our fac­to­ries, and need to be open to bend­ing in any di­rec­tion to get every­thing done.

‘I got in­volved with Manuka Life when I was cast by the MD Leonie Elly­att in its first cam­paign. I was 21 and al­ready think­ing about what I’d do af­ter my ca­reer was over. Three cam­paigns for Manuka Life later, I re­alised I loved the brand and wanted to be a part of it, so for four years, I worked for free in be­tween mod­el­ling jobs, mak­ing tea, pack­ing boxes, gen­er­ally muck­ing in and learn­ing every­thing I could. Then one day, I took a gamble by putting two of my own tech­ni­cal draw­ings of some yoga leg­gings and a yoga bag on Leonie’s desk. She had the yoga bag made; it sold re­ally well, and since then I’ve made my way up the ranks over nine years to the po­si­tion I’m in now – be­ing re­spon­si­ble for de­sign­ing ev­ery col­lec­tion. It was a slow, or­ganic process, and I’m so grate­ful to Leonie for tak­ing a chance on me.’

D E S I G N FOR L I F E

‘For me, start­ing a new col­lec­tion is all about the colours, and I of­ten draw from artists’ oil paint­ings for my colour pal­ette. Once I’ve cho­sen and named my colours, that gives me a mood for the col­lec­tion. Our AW17 range, called The Mid­night Gar­den, is in­spired by the early works of Lu­cian Freud when he painted women with lots of greens. In terms of style, cut, fit and fab­ric, there’s lots to con­sider, even down to the wash and dye tech­niques of ma­te­ri­als from an eco­log­i­cal point of view. There’s a huge cross­over right now with ath­leisure wear, where peo­ple de­mand per­for­mance in the gym and style on the street. Leg­gings have re­placed denim as a fash­ion sta­ple, but de­sign­ing them for loung­ing is very dif­fer­ent to de­sign­ing leg­gings for an ad­vanced yogi who’s get­ting into re­ally deep pos­tures and needs a very high front and back rise and zero fab­ric trans­parency to avoid ex­po­sure – so many boxes need tick­ing!’

A DAY’S WORK

‘My work never re­ally stops as I’m part of the whole cre­ative process, from de­sign­ing clothes and ac­ces­sories, to art-di­rect­ing shoots and be­ing the face of the brand by mod­el­ling the col­lec­tions. Right now, I’m in the mid­dle of launch­ing our SS17 cam­paign (I’m off to Morocco to shoot it soon), fin­ish­ing AW17 and wait­ing for the first sam­ples to ar­rive, plus choos­ing colours for SS18. Amidst all that, I’ve also just shot a big cam­paign for Uniqlo, which I find amaz­ing as I can’t be­lieve that af­ter 20 years I’m still mod­el­ling [Sarah is rep­re­sented by Mod­els One*]. We’re also launch­ing

‘For four years I worked for free be­tween mod­el­ling jobs’

a small menswear cap­sule col­lec­tion in the new year – I’m so grate­ful for the ver­sa­til­ity in my life! ‘For en­ergy, I eat six small meals ev­ery day. My go-to snack is a whole av­o­cado with co­conut oil spread on sour­dough bread, with green jalapenos, scram­bled egg and a sprin­kle of co­rian­der, though I love a warm­ing stew with a por­tion of kale and bread in the even­ing. Af­ter a crazy day, I do hot yoga, fol­lowed by a soak us­ing Neal’s Yard Sea­weed & Ar­nica Foam­ing Bath (£15.50 for 200ml; neal­syardreme­dies.com). I’m a night bird but try to go to sleep be­fore mid­night.’

Sarah mod­el­ling a top from the cur­rent col­lec­tion

Sarah’s go-to snack

One of Sarah’s re­cent de­signs

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