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The Muse: Sarah Engelland for L’Officiel Malaysia December/January 2016/2017

Sarah Engelland wears designs from Loewe in a cover story for the December/January 2016/2017 issue of L’Officiel Malaysia, captured by Stefan Khoo and styled by Monica Mong.

In interview twenty-year-old model talks about personal style, her home away from home and life as a muse to Hedi Slimane.

L’Officiel Malaysia: How would you describe yourself in one word?

Sarah Engelland: Curious.

What’s the first thought you have in the morning?

My first thought is of meditation because I try and do that every morning before I even think about starting the day ahead.

Perhaps you’re running late one morning, what would be your go-to look for a much-needed quick change?

I’m always running late! The fashion industry trains you to run late, because if you show up on time you’ll be waiting an hour – and it’s a hard habit to kick.

I’m a blazer girl, so I will throw on my trusty vintage Gucci blazer with a little dress and scarf; it always looks like it required more effort than it really did.

Does technology play a large role in your life, or are you strictly pen and paper?

Of course, it’s inevitable at this point. Technology is a necessity of life now, and I am grateful for it because it’s how I am able to be in university while travelling, and it is such a big part of fashion nowadays.

I think it is important to know when to put the gadgets down, though.

Now let’s move on to your time working with Hedi Slimane. You were one of his muses during his time at Saint Laurent, weren’t you? What was that like?

Yeah, he’s a wonderful and unique person, and I have been really fortunate to have had worked with him every season he was at Saint Laurent. It was a great experience, like a reunion every time we got together.

As an exclusive with him, for months before the show, we would eat every meal together at one table – the design team, the models and Hedi. He is interested in everyone, a workaholic for sure, but that effort is made clear in the construction of the clothes and his deep caring for everything.

You also made your runway debut with him, didn’t you?

Yeah, during Hedi’s first collection for Saint Laurent in October 2012.

In past interviews you’ve named him as your favourite designer. Is that still true?

Well, of course! It’s probably because I know him the best, but I can’t see his clothes and not feel an emotion. Getting to know someone can certainly change perspective.

But, as far as brands I don’t know personally, I love Tom Ford’s work. Max Mara, Chloé, Gucci – and Louis Vuitton are always up there.

What does the word “style” mean to you?

Style, to me, means happiness. It’s different for everyone, but if you’re comfortable and when you look down you’re happy, it shows.

If you wear something you love, it can change your whole day. I know not everyone would wear my long, vintage lace slip dress, but I love it and feel good in it, so I wear it with pride.

What’s next for Sarah Engelland?

(Laughing) That’s a big question, and one I don’t think I can fully answer; I want to do everything. My goals are to finish university next year, and then who knows?

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