Michael Angel S/S 09

The first show to kick off New York Fashion Week with a psychedelic kaleidoscope of colours bleeding into one another.

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Michael Angel kicked off New York Fashion week with a brilliant show on Friday morning. In the business of fashion for well over ten years, Angel cut his teeth as the Senior Visual & Creative Supervisor of SABA, otherwise known as Australia's most notable department store. Angel also held stints at both Diesel in London and Oakley in California before taking on the roles of international stylist and Style Director of Melbourne Fashion Week. Deciding to try his hand at fashion design, Angel's premiere collection debuted last February in New York.

Inspired by both the past and future, Angel's Spring/Summer 2009 collection fuses sleek and modern silhouettes with free-wheeling '70s rock swagger. The designer's hand-drawn patterns help intensify the fluid movement and energy of the clothing. Imagine the love child of Jil Sander and Balmain , and Michael Angel might just be the answer. "My girl is modern, sexy, confidant and at the same time she has that dash of rock 'n roll in her, she might listen to '70s rock, but she lives in the now and looks towards the future," says Angel.

With a psychedelic soundtrack blaring King Crimson's "Model Man," Primal Scream's "Silent Spring" and MGMT's "Weekend Wars," a line of glowing Marilyn Agency waifs stomped down the runway bedecked in massive platforms and seductive stares. Shear, floaty silks, chiffon and organza garments printed with abstract ombre-like patterns were paired with structured metallic separates, completing a look for fashion-forward girls seeking flirty fare with a side of edginess.

Collection highlights include a stunning black and white striped silk frock paired with matching nylon mesh leggings and Swarovski Crystal mesh shoulder pads; the simply gorgeous structured stretch metallic blazers and paneled dresses; an ivory crushed lame trench and silk twill dresses akin to bleeding kaleidoscopes of violet, electric blue and emerald hues.
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