Michael Angel Spring 2011 collectionSeptember 11, 2010
Presenting his most recent collection during Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2011, New York designer Michael Angel has once again attractedattention with its new digital print. Using a mixture of fabric and harmonious color, the new collection of Michael Angel focuses on layering which ends up producing interesting volumes. Besides the multi-layers, the direction of the collection was based on the white shirt accessory for the summer wardrobe. Whether worn under a top translucent latex or cut sleeveless jacket the blouse created a soft look with a touch that be described simply as funky. Betraying the white collar on tank tops and printed maxi-dress, the blouse was pervasive throughout the parade. The wraps contained abstract patterns in shades of grape, cream and gray that mingled perfectly with latex parkas and tops covered with sequins that shine and brought light to the more minimalist pieces. More artistic and technological, Michael Angel has offered a collection of quality images for a look that is lighter and more relaxed.
New York Fashion Week Fall 2010: Michael AngelFebruary 17, 2010
Michael Angel is another designer who opted to live stream his Fall 2010 show (catch the Ports 1961 video on our blog). But, as always a lot of details are lost on camera. The softness that made the angora wools so pretty and plush, for instance, as well as the complicated laser-cut bonded jersey details. These details worked best for me over the silk wools (some of my favorite looks of the collection), but looked a bit garish when combined with Angel’s digital prints on stretch silk charmeuse and stretch nylon jersey. The stretch looks were definitely only for the model physique, whereas the wood suiting and dresses as well as some other draped silks, would be more flattering on more shapes. It was interesting when fashioned into skirts and jacket bottoms that resembled cage skirts. He certainly explored the technique and used it to many different effects.
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New York Fashion Week Spring 2010 – Michael AngelSeptember 11, 2009
Strong, graphic shapes and prints at Michael Angel made an excellent first statement at 9 a.m. on Thursday – the first official slot of Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week in New York. If the strong shoulders and colors didn’t give away the adherence to the 80s revival – large, bright geometric earrings announced it loud and clear.
“It all began with a photo of Nancy Cunard. Strong influential women play a key role in this collection through their art, voice or personal style. Schiaparelli, Nancy Cunard, Josephine Baker, Tamara de Lempicka,” Michael Angel stated in the show notes. Anyone admiring of his designs would do well to Google image search these women for personal style inspiration. (Actually, everyone should Google image search Schiaparelli.)
Angel notes that silhouette is focused on the torso – this is largely accomplished through the contrast of an extremely structured, sometimes voluminous jacket or top paired with a soft, flouncy skirt. The skirts were Barbie-girl bouncy and added a whimsical touch to the super-serious, Balenciaga-like shapes on top.
The show notes end with all caps: “THERE IS FUN TO BE HAD THIS SPRING 2010.” And that’s exactly what I left thinking, “That was a fun show to kick off the week.” The fashions were uplifting and likable, even if they weren’t to everyone’s taste.
Michael Angel New York Fashion Week Spring 2009September 6, 2008
It was an early morning show for Michael Angel, who officially opened the season at Bryant Park. Journalists, buyers and the other lot of fashion folk woke wearily and sauntered in to the venue. Little did they know they’d be fully awakened by the second look. It seemed Angel honed the 70’s with strapless dresses, that seemed to have built-in fans as models slinked down the catwalk. An immediate image of a young Bianca Jagger came to mind. The prints for the collection had a Georgia O’Keefe-like quality with the strong colors— yellows, blues, grays, blacks— and light contouring. Metallics in mostly silver also played a major part in the collection giving it a slight edge for spring. The only deal breaker was the blue metallic shorts. They which could have been fun and interesting, however the Bermuda tailoring made them appear boxy and old-fashioned. Overall while it wasn’t a jaw-dropping collection, it certainly had several strong points and a beautiful take on what spring is all about: easy and breezy.