Exclusive backstage photos at Michael Angel’s Fall 2010 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion week. Photographed by Stevyn Llewellyn. Read our review of the runway show, and see our photos here.
Australian designer Michael Angel, drawing inspiration from stained glass, showcased a collection of strong tailored jackets, short hemlines, leather accessories and his signature digitally graphic prints. Top looks included body conscious party dresses fit for young Hollywood starlets. — Maria Giannakakis
Photos By Stevyn Llewellyn
For Spring/Summer 2010, Michael Angel drew his inspirations from many sides. Strong influential women with personal style like Elsa Schiaparelli, Nancy Cunard and Josephine Baker. The great Christian Dior and his revolutionary “New Look”, as well as Dior done by Marc Bowen. All these elements fused together created a collection that was fresh yet opulent, playful and sexy. Feminine silhouettes with softly draped silk and plunging backs were balanced with structured jackets echoing men’s suiting. The color palette was very modern, including neutrals, muted metallics and rich saturated colors. His signature digital, almost futuristic prints were present throughout the whole collection, down to the printed ankle booties and other shoes created by Manolo Blanik. Swarovski crystals were used to add a touch of bling in unexpected places, like zippers, along the princes seams and on the backside of long sheer sleeves. There was also an 80’s vibe with bright chunky earrings and the slicked back ponytails the models wore. The skirts lengths were micro mini, and sometimes asymmetrical, with volume at the hips and nipped at the waist. I particularly enjoyed the party dresses that when looked at closely were actually a bustier top paired with a tulip skirt. I especially loved the closing line in his program “THERE IS FUN TO BE HAD THIS SPRING 2010”, it proclaimed. And yes there is! This season is one of the mot busiest with over 100 shows and presentations, and a worldwide celebration for Fashion’s Night Out. For Spring 2010, recovery is what’s hot! Recession?….sooooo last season!
Photos © Olga Lader 2009