Michael Angel is walking like an Egyptian for Spring. He was inspired by the "ancient civilization that was so ahead of its time," he said, and also wanted to pay homage to his mother, who is from Cairo. So the designer's hallmark digital prints featured motifs like a portrait of Cleopatra painted in the 1920's, or the floor plans for the Egyptian pyramids, which were then layered with a gold lace and mirrored, Rorschach-style. Angel nailed this season's ubiquitous sports trend with drawstring anoraks and comfy elastic "track pants" in a striped jacquard. He also put a lot of thought into proportions this time around, pairing a cocoon-ish varsity jacket with a rippling sunburst-pleat skirt, for example. Or adding an unexpected blouson to the back of a super-fitted "Martian tech fabric" shift dress. Someone recently told Angel that the woman he designs for is "oddly elegant."
Keeping this in mind, he asked his good friend and muse Julia Stegner to pose for the lookbook and help style the shoot. One of her favorite pieces was a dress that could be buttoned into a T-shirt. It was indeed oddly elegant when worn with a leather bomber that had tapestrylike canvas insets.