You wouldn’t know it by her calm demeanor, but Anaa Saber is very busy—and not just because she’s your standard high-achieving New Yorker. It’s because at just 22 years old, the savvy style star has “two full-time jobs and a few side hustles.” She juggles being a concept editor at a renowned consumer market think tank and running her fashion, beauty, and culture blog, Our Second Skin. Plus, she squeezes in events, photo shoots (like today’s for FILA), freelance writing, and independent styling gigs. Unlike some people her age, for Saber being up until late usually means she’s researching or working rather than partying, but you’ll never hear her complain.
“I come from a different background and consider all these opportunities to be blessings. Today I’m shooting for Barneys—if I told myself that in high school, I never would have believed it,” she says while getting her hair and makeup done for the FILA shoot. A second-generation Pakistani-American, Saber was born and raised in Long Island—a factor that led to her interest in fashion. “I was the minority in my high school, and didn’t want to be seen just as brown or as an outsider. I wanted to be noticed for my style instead, and so fashion became my safe spot,” she explains.
Her blog celebrates the idea of fashion as a second skin—the one you choose—and she uses it to explore style from a multi-cultural perspective. She initially started it as an assignment for an FIT styling class, where students had to create and maintain a blog to share with the class. Though initially skeptical of the digital space, positive feedback led her to embrace it as a creative outlet. “My followers are always asking for advice, and I love that I can be a role model,” says Saber. “For a young Pakistani girl, the idea of being in the fashion industry seemed completely out of the question. It was always, you’re going to be a doctor, you’re going to be a lawyer. It’s amazing to be able to talk about my experience with these younger girls and help them navigate. One day, I hope to have an even bigger platform to do so.”
A quick scroll through Saber’s Instagram or blog, and it’s clear that like her career, her personal style can’t be pigeonholed. “My look changes every day, which is the beauty of fashion. I tend to blend streetwear, high end, and vintage—I love thrifting,” she says, adding that because of her busy lifestyle, athleisure won her over. “It’s all about comfort, accessibility, functionality—and, of course, the styling,” she explains of her fascination. “With athleisure, it’s so easy to dress up and down. I love doing a hoodie and heels or a blazer with sneakers or leggings. It creates this perfectly harmonious balance where you’re prepared to do anything with your day.”
On the streets of Little Italy wearing FILA’s exclusive Barneys capsule, Saber oozes confidence and comfort in the looks she styled herself. “I love this look,” she gushes, more than once as she hops up on benches and effortlessly poses on the hectic city streets. For her, working with FILA and Barneys was a natural fit. “I’ll never endorse anything I’m not proud of, because my work is so important to me,” she says. “I don’t want to be just another face on the internet or social media.” She needn’t worry about that.
This exclusive FILA capsule collection is part of thedrop@barneys.