'RITUALS'

Last year I set out to make my first fashion film. It was a long winding road to get it finished, with lots of learning along the way.
I wanted it to be an all-woman creation, and took my time trying to find just the right people to work with. My friend, stylist Sachi, was instrumental in finding people to collaborate with. (I don’t know what I would do without you! <3) I took a lot of chances as well, and reached out to people I never thought would say yes, but who did.

Eventually, the list of collaborators was comprised of 16 women, both behind and in front of the camera. We gathered in Fort Greene and shot it all in one day.

There was very little time for me to micro-manage everything, so I had told everyone involved in creating the visuals what vibe I wanted, and showed them some mood boards, and then I left them to work their own magic into the shoot. I had bought about 3000 pearl stickers and handed them out to everyone, asking them to be incorporated somehow. Michaela Bosch put her spin on it with pearled eyebrows and lash lines, and florist Brittany Asch placed them like dew drops on the floral arrangements.

The film premiered with great a great review in November, 2018 on Oyster Magazine.


ABOUT THE FILM: Swedish fashion designer Lina Michal gathered sixteen women in a Brooklyn brownstone to collaborate on a fashion short; their creation — RITUALS — suggests that femininity is the result of considered action, not a natural physical trait. Pastel hues, silks and jiggling orchids adorned in pearls are contrasted with sticky makeup, peeling face masks and the piercing of an ear with pin and apple. Here, the feminine is part sugarcoated treat, part sacrifice. The absence of men, in the film’s production as well as its imagery, inverts the expected audience for whom these rituals are performed. These feminine acts — glossy, cute, at times gross— are performed by women, for women. 


'SPECTRAL', FOR JUTE MAGAZINE, PART 4.

Beyond excited to share this editorial (including outtakes) I shot for Jute Magazine with the most devoted team. As much as I love working with other photographers it felt SO good to be doing some more substantial work behind the camera myself again. And I couldn't have asked for more energetic, talented people to do that with. The theme of the shoot played on a light spectrum, gliding from sheer ultraviolet hued silk to black vinyl and latex. Pieces used were mainly my own, from the archives and new pieces. With the added nice contrast of vinyl pieces from Fatale Maison and leather harness by Elif Domanic as well as earrings from Cornelia Webb and Zara. 

Styling: Sachi
MUA: Tarina Ballard
Model: Kokie Childers

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'SPECTRAL' FOR JUTE MAGAZINE, PART 3.

Beyond excited to share this editorial (including outtakes) I shot for Jute Magazine with the most devoted team. As much as I love working with other photographers it felt SO good to be doing some more substantial work behind the camera myself again. And I couldn't have asked for more energetic, talented people to do that with. The theme of the shoot played on a light spectrum, gliding from sheer ultraviolet hued silk to black vinyl and latex. Pieces used were mainly my own, from the archives and new pieces. With the added nice contrast of vinyl pieces from Fatale Maison and leather harness by Elif Domanic as well as earrings from Cornelia Webb and Zara. 

Styling: Sachi
MUA: Tarina Ballard
Model: Kokie Childers

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'SPECTRAL' FOR JUTE MAGAZINE, PART 2.

Beyond excited to share this editorial (including outtakes) I shot for Jute Magazine with the most devoted team. As much as I love working with other photographers it felt SO good to be doing some more substantial work behind the camera myself again. And I couldn't have asked for more energetic, talented people to do that with. The theme of the shoot played on a light spectrum, gliding from sheer ultraviolet hued silk to black vinyl and latex. Pieces used were mainly my own, from the archives and new pieces. With the added nice contrast of vinyl pieces from Fatale Maison and leather harness by Elif Domanic as well as earrings from Cornelia Webb and Zara. 

Styling: Sachi
MUA: Tarina Ballard
Model: Kokie Childers

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'SPECTRAL' FOR JUTE MAGAZINE, PART 1.

Beyond excited to share this editorial (including outtakes) I shot for Jute Magazine with the most devoted team. As much as I love working with other photographers it felt SO good to be doing some more substantial work behind the camera myself again. And I couldn't have asked for more energetic, talented people to do that with. The theme of the shoot played on a light spectrum, gliding from sheer ultraviolet hued silk to black vinyl and latex. Pieces used were mainly my own, from the archives and new pieces. With the added nice contrast of vinyl pieces from Fatale Maison and leather harness by Elif Domanic as well as earrings from Cornelia Webb and Zara. 

Styling: Sachi
MUA: Tarina Ballard
Model: Kokie Childers

 

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'PERSONA' EDITORIAL OUTTAKE FOR BON MAGAZINE, 2017

Photography: Angelina Bergenwall
Model: Anzie Dasabe
Fashion: Lina Michal

In 2017, photographer Angelina Bergenwall, model Anzie Dasabe and I put together a shoot with a bunch of archive pieces of mine. It was published in Bon Magazine, together with an interview they did with me. This is the outtake of the photos that wasn't published that time. <3

The shoot was centered around the idea of building yourself different personas as a way to live in an overwhelming place, a sort of shield to the cacophony around you. It was set in LES, Manhattan and Fort Greene, Brooklyn.


 

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EMPRESS OF x LINA MICHAL, SHOT BY NIKA DE CARLO FOR SUPERHERO MAGAZINE

See the full set of shots in this interview with Superhero Magazine, and read below for some backstory to this sartorial collaboration.



Expectations of Female Friendship

It can be an intimidating thing, realizing that you're dating someone who's ex-girlfriend is cool, gorgeous, funny, talented and successful. Which is what happened to me when I moved to New York in 2013 from tiny Sweden. I was new in town and too broke to fly home for the holidays, so I spent most of the days at sad Christmas parties in Brooklyn with unfamiliar faces. Three days before Christmas I met this incredible guy, he was a kind-eyed musician, and we quickly started dating. An early gift for me, yay!

I soon learned that he was good friends with his previous girlfriend, who at the time lived just around the corner from me. I remember those first couple of weeks wondering if I was passing her on the street without knowing. I’m not a very jealous person, so it didn’t bother me that they were friends and hung out. If anything I thought it showed incredible maturity, being able to think of your relationships as nuanced like that. But then something happened. I googled her. Turned out she was none other than musical wonder child Empress Of.

You've probably heard her on Blood Orange's latest album, or perhaps while watching an episode of Transparent or maybe you saw her perform on the Sydney Opera house stage? Yeah... she's impressive! And then, like clockwork, I would compare the two of us, always seeming to fall a little short next to her. What was this feeling? Was this jealousy? It sucked! I didn’t like it one bit, and I didn’t like the person I seemed to be, caught in destructive feelings like that. So I sat myself down and tried to find the reason for why someone else’s success seemed to make me uncomfortable, and how I could change my mindset to something less constricting. I felt stuck in a toxic box. It made me think about how we are spoon fed this idea that as a woman you are expected to dislike your boyfriends ex, or in her case -his new girlfriend. Like the two of you would somehow be automatic enemies in a way, like it would be natural? The thought made me feel like I had been programmed against my will and the thing was, I really had nothing against her! In fact, I loved all the things she was doing, her music, her humour, how she was breaking cardboard stereotypes about Latina women. Had I never met her ex I’d probably be a fan already. It was like an aha-moment, once the source of that sour feeling was found. It was the silly idea that we were supposed to dislike each other. And I think at that point we both kinda felt like, meh, screw society and it’s stupid expectations of female friendship, sisterhood is so much bigger than that.

And that opened a door to exchanging ideas and collaborating and creating something together. We realized that we were both really into the other's work and vibe, and we started talking about collaborating. We ended up fusing the style of a project I was working on at the time with a characteristic Empress Of look to create a custom outfit for her summer tour in 2016. The iridescent fabrics I'd used reminded her of deep water fish (in a good way!), and we decided to use it to create a tee, skirt and transparent tulle bomber. We made it so that she would be able to mix and match it with her other outfits later on too (sustainability, am I right?). Lorely premiered the outfit on the Pitchfork main stage at Primavera Festival in Barcelona that year.

Before handing over the outfit to Lorely who was about to go on tour, we went through the archives of my designs, chose the ones we liked the most and then documented everything with the help of Nika De Carlo. I'd met her at a zine launch party and fallen in love with her cinematic style photography. The three of us met up at her crazy Victorian house in Bushwick, full of nooks and crannies (and roommates) and she captured the collaboration beautifully in the morning light.
 

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PLUVIOPHILE, FOR CONTRIBUTOR MAGAZINE

An editorial shot in collaboration with Jules Slütsky for Contributor Magazine. Shot in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on a rainy Monday after a shopping spree in Chinatown where the photographer lives. We're calling it  'Pluviophile'. 

Dreamy rainy mornings, where you're stuck at home with nothing but your imagination to keep you company. This editorial was inspired by these intimate moments of leisure and boredom, when time seems to drag on and there's not much to fill the void. Lofty, airy and gritty; we toyed with the feminine attributes of the subject's personal space. Herself a bit removed and disengaged, never fully letting us into the world of her thoughts and longings. She leaves us some clues, the gesture of her hand, the half peeled clementine on the floor. 

 

Photography: Jules Slütsky

Fashion: Lina Michal

MUA: Tarina Meaders

Model: Jess Nha

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MARBLE BLANKETS

I have some really cute news in my --> shop! <--

In the last year I've been dabbling in paper marbling techniques and four of my favorite ones have now been turned into some jacquard-woven cotton blankets.

· 100% cotton
· Size: 53" x 70" / 135cm x180cm.
· Hand finished.
· Woven in the USA.

For a few days only, they are offered at a lower pre-order price ($120), only available until October 15th. Your blanket will ship out the week of November 20th, just in time for the holidays. Original pricing will be $185 after that. 

Feel free to shoot me any and all questions you might have! info@linamichal.com :)

OLOF GRIND FOR LINA MICHAL

Olof Grind is an aspiring photographer from Sweden. His work has been described as dreamy and enchanting. Olof uses the camera as a tool to depict feelings, creating emotional and beautiful portraits of people, places and times.

Designer Lina Michal and Olof Grind had never met, but found each others work on Instagram. Recently realizing that they would both be in New York at the same time, for just a brief moment, Lina and Olof decided to run wild on Manhattan for a day. Obsessively catching a fleeting sunset as it turned into neon lights.

See more of Olof's work here.

Models: Sara Soltani Boljak and Ivana Aleksich