Monday, 20 January 2020


PARIS
Bringing us back to 2019 here for a second, but stay with me, it's worth it. I'm taking us to a special walk in Paris in Autumn, that enhanced into the top of my awareness one thing I truly love about my job. The fact that I get to dive into different fields, I previously knew nothing about and could only appreciate from a superficial level, to be surrounded by experts and artisans of different crafts and share it here with you. And whilst it can be consuming to just see and understand the world from your own point of view only, there is something to be said for taking the time to tour through known places through the lens of another - to add value and deeper understanding of something you thought you knew. I was so fortunate to join Frederic Malle in Paris, for walk around the city in the event of the global launch of the Rose et Cuir (to those of us who just know a bit of school French, that's Rose and Leather in English). Frederic is unique within the world of perfume, and let me explain to you why. You'll be known to having "Blockbusters" thrown at you, probably because x amount of cookies in your browser and devices have typecast you for a celebrity perfume, just because you occasionally keep up with the Kardashians. Little does the algorithms know or realise, that you are a complex individual with a wildly wonderful secret emotional life that no computerised system could truly understand, and a crowd-pleasing scent would only fractionally support that. Where FM is different, is that he draws in the true artists, a small portion of the top crop and royalty of fragrance, like Jean-Claude Ellena behind Rose et Cuir, to give them the freedom to truly create works of passion, however many years it takes to create just the right scent. Jean-Claude, when I met him in Paris, told of visiting farmers (of flowers) to export just the right . Now, you'll go over these images thinking: "What do these have to do with fragrance?", but this is a photo diary of Frederic's Paris. A tour of inspirations and experiences that have formed the palette of his creations.




HALL OF FAME OF JEAN-CLAUDE ELLENA'S CREATIONS


Richard Biedul

Walking with Jean-Claude Ellena and Frederic Malle

































POST CREATED AS PART OF A PRESS TRIP WITH FREDERIC MALLE. ALL OPINIONS ARE GENUINE AND MY OWN.
X

S A R A H  M I K A E L A

Tuesday, 14 January 2020




LONDON'S finest
BY SARAH MIKAELA
ASSISTED BY GIULIA GRECO



London is a place of so many faces. I'll find myself at furniture sales in Hackney, sipping on a luke-warm formerly an iced-coffee with some sad far apart islands of tiny ice cubes that have survived my indecisive pondering, debating on whether my digitally led life really needs a magazine rack. And then there are moments like this. The rush of the major fashion weeks arrive, and the luxury of a location in central London as beautiful as Hotel Café Royal becomes exactly the calm a hectic time like this finds its fuel with. It's my prime time of work, I'm constantly on, at shows, at dinners and launches. You only have a few moments in the early am and now in the later in the pm for me, since I've recognised, that fashion parties till the early hours will be the one Jenga piece that'll make the whole thing apart. That, and I'd much rather be curled up in what I believe to be the finest bed in London, tackling the day's admin and editing. I've been coming here for years now, and I feel so at home now. Less so because of any actual resemblance to my living space, but more so due to the wonderful team at Hotel Café Royal always creating the friendliest and most accommodating surroundings.




The most inviting, tranquil spot.





















VINTAGE SHIRT / ELEANOR BALFOUR TROUSERS /  CHARLES&KEITH
STILLETTOS / MISSOMA NECKLACE / CHLOE "S" RING
With the traveling required for work, being home becomes a novelty. But when you'reThe space is the complete essence of what London can be. I've stayed here enough to know, that regardless of sun or rain, it presents London from its finest angle. Classic, but not dated. Modern, but not cold. I become so busy, that I couldn't take it all in? It's funny how we can desire things, and through our thoughts and actions send out those signals to the universe, and as it's all happening, we're standing too close to view the prosperity and blessings. A bizarity happened, when we became a 'like'-society.  




X

S A R A H  M I K A E L A




Monday, 30 December 2019

Amy Barrie Presentation Royal Academy
A MODERN EMPOWERMENT










BY SARAH MIKAELA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH MIKAELA & TOM BUTLER
ASSISTED BY GIULIA GRECO



It's no secret, that it's been a whirlwind of a year, and not least the past six months. Whilst the projects have been grander and by far more exciting than catching my own tail, the dizziness remains the same, and I have moments and travels that I've been tingling to share with you in here. One of them, is the work and presentation of Central Saint Martin's graduate and dear friend of mine Amy Barrie, who presented her debut collection at The Royal Academy of Arts. Amy's work is some of the most incredible, both in craft and essence. Most important to her, si the message that her work carries, to promote and empower women and to celebrate the voices of equality before us. On this note, she selected six incredible poets (female and all awesome), to perform their work in tailored AB from her debut collection. One of my personal favourites is the purple embroidered suit , you see here on the left, shot on the gorgeous Elena in black and white and in featured in colour again just below. It's embroidered with the words of suffragettes and female leaders, that have paved the way to create the (still-needs-improvement) world we live in today. If anyone has a passion for women and fashion that's empowering, it's Amy, and her work beautifully speaks the words of all these incredible voices. Mixing in historical elements, Amy's designs embody , through garments that are meant to be heard in a modern context. 

Now, you remember me saying it's been quite a year, yeah? Well, my technical luck has been especially poor these past six months, and the harddrive that contained the images of Amy's breathtaking presentation at The Royal Academy, had a breakdown at the hight of Paris Fashion Week. I'm gutted I don't get to show you my own shots from the event, but my friend Tom Butler, who I work with on video projects (such as here) had a few stills I've added in to supplement here for you to see alongside my shoot of the collection earlier this year on Elena. 











Sarah Mikaela London Squiggle
Amy Barrie Embroidered Suit by Sarah Mikaela














Sarah Mikaela Editorial Amy Barrie

printed cape with marbled lining.
Sarah Mikaela Ink
Sarah Mikaela Editorial Amy Barrie Votes for Women Gown
Pen nibs attached by hand, for the suffragette gown.





Tom Butler Rakaya Esime Fetuga Amy Barrie Presentation

"We take the ink from insults and use it as mascara,
We take bad days and vibes, that think that they 
can scar us to make something new. To make something 
healing."
- RAKAYA FETUGA




ONE OF THE INCREDIBLE POETS OF THE PRESENTATION, RAKAYA ESIME FETUGA.




Sarah Mikaela Editorial Amy Barrie Velvet Jumpsuit
Tom Butler Amy Barrie Set















YOU CAN SEE MORE OF AMY'S WORK HERE AND CHECK OUT HER INSTAGRAM.
X

S A R A H  M I K A E L A

Thursday, 18 April 2019

sarah mikaela Corinthia Hotel London
sarah mikaela Art calligraphy
THE




OF WAKING UP WITH GOOD HAIR





















IN COLLABORATION WITH KERASTASE
Creative direction Sarah Mikaela
Assisted by Giulia Greco


It's a mystery as old as time, when we were thumping around sporting our caveman dreadlocks - how do you wake up with good hair? Disclaimer: in this post, I've had a blow-dry for a dinner the night before shooting this (however all second day footage though, nothing but a hairbrush to touch up for this, so just stay with me). The personal research behind it has been collected by yours truly since October last year, so I've been putting all claims to the test! Kérastase - who I've been a long fan of through their amazing ranges for both pure natural ingredients as well as the best purple hair shampoos on the market - asked me to take part in their Nutritive campaign, and now a range that fearlessly targets dry hair, was the perfect match for my at times hay-like London hair. To paint a picture, I have my hair up and down 20 different ways during the day due to an indecisive nature, plus the wears of travel and weekly heat treatments, I jumped, squealed and backflipped to get my hands on these products. 6 months onwards, and this is my partner-in-crime go-to range for my hair, and to the magic ingredient, that leads us back to the first question, I present to you the 8H Magic Night Serum which with its iris root extract and a 5 vitamin blend, makes the hair feel more than twice as nourished without weighing the hair down (that goes for the entire range) and thus amigos, we all wake up with good and the softest of hair and there's no need to rinse out. Please find evidence attached:


sarah mikaela Corinthia Hotel London still life
Getting Ready how to wake up with good hair
Corinthia Hotel London gif














sarah mikaela how to wake up with good hair Canary Wharf London





























sarah mikaela Georgia Hardinge Pyjama set
Georgia Hardinge Pyjama Set
Kérastase 8H Magic Night Serum


Kerastase 8H Magic Night Serum


IN THE POST HERE, I'M ROCKING THE SOFT SECOND-DAY BLOW-DRY, BUT IF YOU'RE KEEN TO SEE HOW TO GET THE SOFT NOURISHED WAVES WE DID FOR THE CAMPAIGN, I'M IN A LITTLE HOW-TO VIDEO HERE!
X

S A R A H  M I K A E L A

Monday, 25 February 2019

THE WHITE TUXEDO

Paul Smith Tuxedo Collection London
THE TUXEDO COLLECTION











BY SARAH MIKAELA
ASSISTED BY GIULIA GRECO



Drop 'Sir Paul Smith' into a conversation, and you have my full attention. Never have I ever met someone so genuine within the fashion industry and so genuinely in line with their brand. Few designers manage to personalise their brand so successfully, that when you have something of theirs, you feel like it is something of theirs, and it's almost as if what comes from this fashion house is the most  natural extension to the fun-loving, kind and charismatic person Paul is. 
The inspiration for this post comes from his recently launched Tuxedo Collection within the womenswear range. At the launch at the Italian Embassy in London back in December, seeing it worn in black by singer Poppy Ajudha's was by every definition a captivating way of seeing it come to life, and why creating this story around it is beyond an honour.

I could go on about the erasing of lines between menswear and womenswear. Isn't that our favourite thing to casually discuss anyway? However if I can add a personal point to the topic without saying what has already been said by everyone, the process of getting a suit, is something so unique, that within the previous experiences connected to our understanding of ready-to-wear womenswear, hasn't had a match to this and I can only recommend that everyone gets to experience this once. If suits is your thing that is, but let's be real: everyone looks good in a suit. Yes, everyone. Paul himself wears one each and every day, and the superstar of his own company recently added a few styling tips on the podcast Table Manners with Jessie Ware: "I adore suits. I wear them with trainers, the right T-shirt, sometimes a jean with a suit jacket".

Paul Smith London Squiggle
London Architecture








Paul Smith Sarah Mikaela Floral Bokeh Photography
Handwritten Calligraphy Notes
ON THE PERFECT SUIT




FROM THE TAILORING TO THE FINISH, THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF GETTING A SUIT RELATES TO THE ART OF DRESSING, NOT THE ACT.


























X
S A R A H  M I K A E L A
IN COLLABORATION WITH PAUL SMITH