5 posts tagged "Michael Angel"
After taking a break from the backbreaking seasonal cycle for the past year and a half, Michael Angel is reentering the fashion conversation with a new capsule collection for Moda Operandi, which launches Monday. Known best for his innovative digital prints (that’s right, even before the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto made photo-realistic patterns a must-have), Angel “felt stuck before taking the break. There was so much digital print around me, and I thought, Am I going to go nuts or am I going to evolve the medium?” he told Style.com. “I’ve been able to reexamine why I started designing in the first place, and that reason was to showcase my art, or print. Now I can focus on the prints—which can go on anything, not just clothes, really—and be more adventurous with them. I’m finally doing it for myself, the way I want to do it.”
Angel worked closely with Moda Operandi’s director of ready-to-wear, Indre Rockefeller (she also consulted with several other labels that will be rolling out trunk shows on the site later in the week, including Stella Jean, Del Toro, and La Petite Caravane), to get a sense of the M.O. customer. The new prints were inspired by the human-rights movements of the sixties and seventies, so Angel introduced a vibrant tartan check to capture the rebellious spirit, and mashed it up with kaleidoscopic florals, stained-glass windows, and a ruffle motif that had three-dimensional appeal. The patterns are showcased on straightforward silhouettes such as cap-sleeve shift dresses, curve-hugging pencil skirts, and on-trend strapless crop tops. The unexpected standout was a stark white column gown that was actually lined with one of the prints so it had a subtle opacity to it—just a hint of pattern. While the ready-to-wear will sell at a designer price point ($595 to $2,200), Angel is also debuting a line of printed T-shirts and scarves that will go for less than $250. Continue Reading “Michael Angel is Fit to Print” »
A 9 a.m. slot at the Tents doesn’t always guarantee the best front row, but Michael Angel’s fans weren’t deterred by the early call time. Preening in the designer’s wares were Julia Stegner (in a sexy minidress) and Cory Kennedy (who paired her long, printed skirt with saddle shoes), while blogger Susie Bubble sat front-row in Angel’s wild printed leggings. And the runway action? Architectural silhouettes and high hemlines were the backbone of the collection, but a pair of frocks with sheer sleeves trimmed in yards of rhinestones had every girl reaching for her digital camera.
“Classical music has been a long-time passion of mine, and it’s struggling to survive,” concert pianist Sugar Vendil told us last night after a sold-out concert at the Nabi Gallery in Chelsea. “I wanted to find a way to promote it to a hip, downtown crowd.” Vendil’s resulting brainchild, the Nouveau Classical Project, brings music by the greats—last night’s performance featured works by Philip Glass and Maurice Ravel—to a chicer demographic. Namely, fashion fans. Collaborating with young designers, Vendil (who once nurtured dreams of becoming a designer herself) and her partners are trading conventional concert dress for something much fresher. At last night’s show Expressionist/Reflections, Vendil took to the piano in a slinky cream and blue constellation-print dress from up-and-comer Cathy Pill. The looks—which included pieces by Michael Angel and Central Saint Martins alum Ross Barnes—were courtesy of Soho boutique Debut, which was more than happy to lend pieces from its roster of emerging designers. In the future, Vendil plans to commission pieces based on the music, and Nabi gallery owner Val Schaffner, for one, wishes her luck. “I am having a great time,” he said last night. “It’s like a concert coming to you without having to buy the tickets.” We’re sure he liked the clothes, too.