Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

"This sounds like the soundtrack to a sci-fi movie," murmured my seatmate just before Michael Angel's collection was unveiled yesterday afternoon at Lincoln Center. Futuristic mood, meet futuristic clothes.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Angel's collection was surprisingly spare and precise, with many variations on the wrap dress (and wrap skirts and tops) anchored by prim little collared, cropped shirts worn underneath.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

His signature vivid digital prints were a thrill.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Angel is a young designer who is not afraid of color, and he has an excellent sense of it. But — probably wisely — he kept his silhouettes very restrained.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

These outfits — these jubilantly colorful, trippy-bright outfits — are fundamentally very minimalist. Only usually when someone says "minimalist" in fashion, they mean "boring."

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Daiane Conterato looked outstanding in this purple dress.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

But this was probably my favorite look.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Angel's collection married some uncommon materials — like translucent latex — with embellishment, leather, and of course those prints for which he is so well-known.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

But it wasn't always clear to what end the mix-n-match.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Also, the rash of midriff-baring looks gave me bad 90s flashbacks, which messed with the whole robot-gallerinas-of-the-future vibe.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

I mean, come on.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

And there were a couple dresses and skirts that accidentally exposed the models' underwear as they walked the runway. Hip-high slits like these call out for a snap or two, at the least.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

There were other mis-steps. This shapeless "bustier" seems perfect for, um, displaying one's collarbones.

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

Michael Angel Proves Minimalism Can Be Colorful, Too

But all in all, Angel put together a pretty assured collection, with some gorgeous dresses and separates. Practically any piece incorporating Angel's watercolor-looking Rorschach prints can and should look magical, but with a dress like this one, worn by Shena Moulton, it's the cut, not the print, that holds your eye.