Michael Angel was a no-show at New York fashion week, opting for private appointments instead. The designer starts every sentence with "this girl" when describing his looks. For Fall, this girl is "urban, probably in her thirties, practical, and stylish—but with a few quirks." Perhaps Angel was referring to his pal Christy Turlington Burns, who posed for the lookbook. True, the supe is now 42, but she embodies the mix of feminine, savvy, and tough that Angel was going for this season.

Rothko paintings and the peacoat served as jumping-off points. Then Angel added in his signature digital prints, which he said are less precious than those he's done recently. There was a crumpled-paper pattern on a body-con shift cut from modal "that will suck you right up and in." In a tip of the hat to Rothko, it came color-blocked in a palette of purple, burgundy, and yam. Inventive takes on the classic sailor's coat included one with a quirky collared scarf, a mustard-colored felt topper that could be worn straight or flipped around and upside down, and a cropped number with ombré silk taffeta panels attached for a trompe l'oeil effect. While the billowing caftans and jumpsuits in an allover print might overwhelm those who aren't model-tall, Christy sure rocked them here.