My Night With Harry Styles


This really has very little to do with beauty and a lot to do with the feelings a teen heartthrob elicits in a full-grown and not particularly celeb-obsessed (and definitely not boy-crazy) woman. That woman is me, and that teen heartthrob is none other than 19-year-old One Direction frontman Harry Styles. Based on the way everyone’s eyes at ITG HQ lit up when I told them this story, I’m going to tell you, too. If it gets boring, or you just really want the beauty angle, then I’ll skip ahead to that part now, so you can stop reading: when I asked him about his beauty routine, he said, “Well, I wash,” and that he’s a fan of Bumble Surf Spray. So, there you go.

Last Sunday, when I was in London for fashion week, my friend put me on the list for a party to celebrate jeweler Dominic Jones’ fall collection, which was taking place at a club called The Box in SoHo. Said friend actually bailed, but Leandra and I were feeling frisky after an inspiring dinner with Imran from Business of Fashion, so we decided to check out the party.

No line, no pandemonium—or paparazzi—outside. We check our coats, walk upstairs, swing open some double doors, and are confronted by none other than Harry-goddamn-Styles standing on a little stage, DJ-ing. I say ‘confronted’ because the room was small, with maybe 50 people in it, and he looked right at us. Into our eyes; straight through to our souls. “WHOA whoa whoa,” I swing around to Leandra, my eyes wide. “That’s HARRY STYLES!!!” “No way,” she says. And it really does seem weird, because nobody in the club seems to give a shit whether or not it is Harry Styles—the guy had no audience—and honestly, it’s weird that I even care. (I don’t listen to One Direction. I think maybe I noticed him because he was so attractive? Like, really tall, and actually sexy—but can I call a nineteen-year-old sexy?? Is that bad?) Anywho, Leandra, in a pair of overalls and me in a weird Abominable Snowman ensemble, curl up in a booth and proceed to try and figure out if it is, indeed, Harry without having to ask someone and risk looking like a couple of American ding-dongs. “Rita Ora & Harry Styles dj’ing at The Box!” reads a tweet in my feed, but seeing as though the blonde onstage is definitely Chelsea Leyland and not Rita Ora, we can't trust Twitter. Meanwhile, call us crazy, Harry keeps looking over—I think at Leandra. I mean, overalls…who knew?

After about an hour of doing the ‘seat boogie’—you know, that thing when you really should stand up to dance but can’t commit—and nursing a couple of weak specialty cocktails, we spy Maybe-Harry in the crowd. This is my moment, I think. I must ask him what he does to his hair. And as I make my way across the room like a shark in shallow water, I also think, This is definitely why celebrities have bodyguards. Yep.

“Excuse me, Harry?” I kind of do the touch-on-the-arm thing even though I know that’s totally against some code of personal-space/celeb-interview conduct.

“Oh, hi there.”

“Hiiiii. I’m so sorry to bother you [not really], but I have a beauty website called Into The Gloss, and I was wondering if I could ask you about your approach to beauty?”

“My what?” he shouts over the music.


“Ha…well, I wash.” He laughs. We’re onto something. “I don’t really don’t know what you want me to say...”

“What do you do to your hair?”

“I just wash it. But then I have to put stuff in it, because if it’s too clean, it just…doesn’t do anything.”

“I totally get that—HAHAHAHA. So what are your favorite products for hair?”

“Bumble salt spray.”

“How about skincare? Do you do anything? Do you moisturize?” Do you moisturize?! Get it together, Weiss.

“Yeah, Alphate…just Alphate.”

“Oh yeah? Cool.” I have no clue what Alphate—Alfate?—is.

“Lovely to see you…”

And just like that, he starts to turn around. “Oh, sorry, sorry—Harry, can I just take a quick photo for the site?” He says sure, and takes a minute to do this adorable head-flip, hands-in-the-hair shake thing, to make sure his coif is in top form for lil’ ol’ ITG. How cute is that. I take out my trusty Canon S-100 point-and-shoot, turn it on, press the shutter…and...the flash doesn’t go off. I look at the photo—it’s blurry. My eyes are frantic.

“Oh, wait! Sorry, can I just…” But it’s too late—he’s already walked away. (Note: something I sort of had learned already but confirmed that night with Harry is that with celebrities, you get one shot. Like, literally, one picture, and then they walk away. There’s no, “Oh, does that one work? Good!!!” None of that.)

“Did you do it?! How’d it go?” Leandra asks.

“FUCK. Fuck fuck fuck. My flash didn’t go off.” I shakily show her the picture.

“Oh, you gotta get another one.”

I really did. So, I change the camera settings, make sure everything’s in order, pack up my pride, and go off to find Harry once again. And I can’t even tell you what I said or how I explained why I needed another picture because all I can remember is that his friend grabbed the camera out of my hands, pushed me over to Harry, and said, “Come on, let’s get you together!” Harry puts his arm around my waist and pulls me close. SNAP. No flash.

“Oh, it’s great!” the friend exclaims, and I can tell he’s lying. He chucks me the camera, grabs Styles, and walks away.

The outcome? I am now the proud owner of one Impressionist-style candid portrait of Harry Styles at a London club, and one photo of some guy who could maybe pass for Harry Styles, pressed up against a girl whose nickname might as well be “Sideboob Sally” (me).

I hope you enjoy them.

—Emily Weiss


Harry Styles photographed (barely) by Emily Weiss at The Box in London on February 17th, 2012.

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  • Cindy

    Hahahahahahaha! I can't decide it this is an epic FAIL or not. Thanks for sharing Emily!

  • Jennifer

    It's the teenage hearthrob thing that is embedded in our brains. Reliving our daysof screaming at NKOTB concerts, NSYNC (kind of not wanting to admit it) and now the younger generation has come along and it's still in us. This story is great. Thank you for sharing. And you Sideboob Sally still look lovely in the pic, flash or no flash!

  • Elias Cardenas

    Love the side sideboob.

  • Janet

    Hahahahahaahhaaha, tis piece is fantastic!!!

  • Mary Anne Pangilinan

    SO funny Emily! I can barely see Harry and is that side boob cleavage!! LOL Did you ask about Taylor! xx Keep up everything you do! Love ITG! x

  • Anna

    can I call a nineteen-year-old sexy?? Is that bad?

    that's too funny

  • Couteau

    It's a short evolutionary step from kitten to cougar.

    Seriously though, there's a (sudden) moment in your mid to late 20s when boys become a thing. At the same time, they are slightly unsettling. Will the beautiful Caravaggian grow up to be bald and fat?

  • Sarah Harradine

    Ohhhhh Emily. This is SUCH a great post.. mostly because, although I am also a grown woman, who is not bothered by celebrities and is not a fan of One Direction, I would definitely go to pieces if I ever bumped into Harry Styles. I think he just DOES that to women.

    So kudos is required for doing THIS well. Seriously.

    • Andrew James

      Its not just women he does it too hahah he makes a lot of guys faint as well :P haha i would most likely pass out if i bumped into him haha

  • amelia

    haha this is excellent, its good to see that even ladies as composed as leandra and yourself can get flustered over a teen idol! i'm more of a Zayn girl myself, but this is impressive nonetheless ;)

  • Andie

    This is hilarious. And not that it really matters...maybe Alphate is Alpha H?

  • Chantal

    Amazing! Hahaha. You will be the envy of millions of 1D fans!

  • D.A.

    fucking camera i so feel your pain

  • Lola

    You're rocking the side boob! Loves it!

  • Niko Whiteside

    thats an awesome story lol!! i love your blog btw!

  • Al

    This is so great. Made me love ITG 100x more

  • Daniel Walker

    After a bit of googling I found: AlphaTE is an extremely high dose of vitamin E taken in pill form used to treat several medical conditions including acne. I'm not sure if it's prescription or not... Hope this helps!

  • Lesley O.

    He is sexy. He is too young for anyone over the age of 21 to say that. Being well over that age, I know it's wrong. But he is.

    A new post is up at Local & Opulent. I nearly break my neck trying to navigate my way down an icy alley to a jewellery event in Toronto.

  • Lauren Ashley

    Hahaha! This is the best celebrity photo-taking story ever.

  • Lana

    I love the fact that you felt the whole teenage heartthrob thing, Emily. Its the funniest feeling in the world! I haven't it in a while, but I do miss it! and he is CUTE! P.S. Love the photos. I know they're blurry, but isn't that what makes them part of the whole experience of that night? xxx

  • Ada

    Bless this post. Amy he is my favourite celeb too, I'm so happy to see him on INTO THE GLOSS. Loving this post! <3

  • Natalie

    This is a really sweet post that encapsulates everything I love about ITG: good sense of humor, non-snobby, & wicked sense of timing... xxx

  • Gina

    This is hilarious :D

  • Celeste

    hahahhah favourite piece ever! love it x

  • Harry

    This is AAAAMAZING! x

  • Nicky

    Awesome, so cool!

  • sara

    In the OWOA video when Niall's in the shower I can definitely see some B&B Seaweed shampoo and conditioner lol.

  • Lindley Tilghman Pless

    Holy cow! This story made me laugh out loud. Maybe not with Harry Styles - but something like this has happened to many of us. Kudos to you for going back! I can now proudly proclaim I am love with all those youngboys. That video is ADORABLE!

  • beautyidealist

    I was doing a double take to make sure that was Emily with the sideboob. What an evolution from your days as "superintern"! LOL. Loving this.

  • Robin_Red

    Ha ha. Good one! He does have great hair. Really great!

  • Adam

    u think 5'9 is tal for a guy?!?

    • Pea

      maybe he just LOOKS taller. celebrities usually look taller than they actually are. i don't know if it's something they teach at famous-people school.

    • katherine

      He's def at least 6 feet tall judging by his paparazzi photos with T-Swift...

  • Lindsey

    Haha :) I had a good laugh reading this one! Great post!

  • Tamarin

    Hahahahaha! Laugh-out-loud hilarious! x

  • Ellie

    Brilliant - best thing I have EVER read!!!

  • Patricia

    Haha Emily, I love how you wrote this! And I totally get it that you wonder if you can call a nineteen-year-old sexy, but I think you can! And I wouldn't call myself a fan or anything, but some of the One Direction songs really make me happy. So upbeat and innocent :)

  • Pea

    LOVE this post! So relatable.

  • Aba

    HAHAHAAAAAA!! And THIS is why I love ITG. Too funny!

  • SANTU M.

    love the sideboob, and not in a creepy way. Looks hot on you :)

  • Jackie are a riot! love the way you tell a story.

  • Candice Lake

    aahahah I LOVE you Emily! x

  • Nina

    Maybe he said Alpha H? Its a range of skincare products using glycolic acid to treat things such as acne...

    Hilarious article! Chuckled all through it

  • Victoria

    Isn't that him with Scott Disick in the other photo?

  • Rhea Kapoor

    Hahaha..I can totally imagine the alphate thing.. he's got a deep accent (and a deeper voice) so its hard to understand at times. I would have the same reaction though, going by the way I sometimes look at a photo of his and go umm he's efforetlessly charming.

  • Marcos Rodrigeuz

    Chow bow adore

  • Susan Dean

    How many of us can say this and have these memories? You may have blurred images BUT you can say I once met Harry Styles. So they say a picture is worth a thousand words this story I may say is worth that and more!

  • Ruby

    This is amazing. I love it!

  • megan

    is this actually real?!?

  • deborah ward

    Harry is going to be the next one to leave one direction

  • Nicole

    This made me LOL for real!!! Hilarious story!

  • kinzer clare neu-kellar

    why they make people laugh?


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