Angel Sanchez presented his collection in one of the biggest locations of New York Fashion Week, the Pavilion at Lincoln Centre. A surprising set up of four rows where models walked in a zig zag, set the tone of a show that displayed the elegance of the designer at it’s very best.

Branded as ‘Dark Innocence’, the collection is inspired by a woman who appears to be conservative and demure. Dressed with monastic elegance, she prays for a divine power to help her control her darkest dreams, the forbidden. As the designer explains, “maybe she is a sinner looking for pardon, I am not sure, regardless it’s time to give her some attention”.

Angel Sanchez 4 NYFW

Black jumpsuits and dresses combining leather with cotton built the mood of the show at the very beginning. With a light touch of green, the colour scheme then moved to nudes and browns and ended with whites. To me, it looked as if she was evolving from a dark side to achieve purity by experimenting with the new. To mention but a few great looks, a nude and mocha cocoon jacket with leather belt and black trouser, a black long vest brocade detail and a hunter green sleeveless crepe structural gown with high leg slit.

Angel Sanchez show NYFW

Each design had a perfect cut but if I had to highlight the most striking sign of identity for this designer, it would be the way he curated every single back. They were even more beautiful than the fronts; surprising and with unexpected transparencies. Charming pashminas, perfectly settled on the back neck, elevated the elegance of the show.

Angel Sanchez 2 NYFW

Angel Sanchez show 3 NYFW

Angel Sanchez didn’t play alone for the catwalk, he had the great company of shoe designer Adriana Soto, winner of “Disenadora de Calzado 2012” by Fashion Group International Mexico and one of the fashion analysts for the Oscars in 2013. I personally love her motto, ‘Got the shoes, need the dress’. Sarah Loertscher accessorised the looks with her unique pieces of jewellery made with structural forms. Two great companions for a show that can be defined in just one word: exquisite.

By Laura Roig Vericat

Photos courtesy of MissTrendyBarcelona

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