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Mikhael Kale S/S 2015 reveals geometric designs and lots of skin

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Mikhael Kale S/S 2015 reveals geometric designs and lots of skin

Mikhael_Kale_Spring_2015_2 There's something about Mikhael Kale's designs. They're strong yet feminine. Futuristic yet old world. I would love to watch a movie in which his dresses played a central role, because they seem to be characters in themselves. On Friday night, Kale debuted his spring 2015 collection with 20 new designs—full of gorgeous textures, luxe fabrics and plenty of strategic cut-outs to reveal midriffs, thighs and hips. I loved it all, though I'm not sure many of the designs would be practical for the average non-model. Mikhael_Kale_Spring_2015_1 Mikhael_Kale_Spring_2015_4 After the show, I stepped backstage and had a chance to chat with Kale about his collection and the central pieces. He was filled with excitement and, though he was quickly swarmed with friends, gave me a big smile and a few minutes of his precious time. Why this collection now? What about it is perfect for spring 2015? That's a big question. I don't really design that way. Obviously I find inspiration in what's happening, and I'm familiar with trends and trend forecasting, and that's all part of my job. But I've been working with Tony Irvine who's the fashion director for Dazed and Confused and i-D magazine and we wanted to play with redefining what I wanted for my brand. It's all about architecture. It's all about the female form. That's really what it was about. And every season I try to achieve a really beautiful silhouette, and come up with something that's interesting and new and new techniques. Do people ever tell you that your designs remind them of female superheros? Do they? That's a compliment. They're sort of for the female warrior. Is there a piece that you would say really encapsulates the collection? I would say the two closing pieces [see one below] really solidify what the angle was. I wanted to start slow and I wanted people to get that it was about geometry, but then I wanted to end with having geometry literally move away from the body. So what are the layers made out of? Those are stacked organza. It's been hand-dyed on bias and sewn together individually. Were these the hardest pieces to create? Yes. How much time goes into this dress? Probably about two months. Three people working full time on the one dress. So that's why we couldn't do the whole collection with the stacked organza. It was just two dresses at the end. What are you looking forward to for the next year? I'd really love to produce this collection. I'd really love to get it to my clients. That's a huge thing. And then going from spring/summer to fall/winter is the shortest amount of time, because I have to been in New York with the new collection by January 15th. So I literally have two and a half months. So that's the next thing. Mikhael_Kale_Spring_2015_3 Photos by George Pimentel/Getty Images For more fashion news, visit our Style Desk blog.
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