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German fashion icon Michalsky gives 'broken promises' show

posted 19 Jan 2013, 10:50 by Mpelembe   [ updated 19 Jan 2013, 10:50 ]

Berlin star designer Michalsky hosts StyleNite at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week under the motto: Broken Promises.

BERLINGERMANY (JANUARY 18, 2013) (REUTERS) - One of the highlights of Berlin Fashion Week, the traditional Michalsky's StyleNite, held on Friday (January 18) did not disappoint.

Michael Michalsky
, celebrated as one of Germany's most influential designers has been running his own label since 2006 and is a much-loved regular at the capital's fashion week.

With sleek cuts and flowing lines Michalsky's 2013 collection show-cased his traditional mix of streetwear with classic styles for men and women.

The result is a wearable collection, that this year carries a social and political inspiration.

"How often have I sat around with friends in the last 6 months, in my kitchen, with them talking or crying about the fact that they have been let down by some friend who broke a promise. And I just realised that in our day and age promises just don't mean that much any more. And I wanted to draw attention to this because I think it is something very wonderful to make a promise and then keep it," Michalsky told Reuters TV backstage.

"I develop my ideas with a lot of research, inspiration from colours. I always create a print. For example I have created a print for women that is printed on silk, like crushed newspapers, which I see as a message carrier like for when politicians or whoever, make promises to the masses," he said.

"On one of these newspapers there is a ballet dancer dancing. I think ballerinas are a nice symbol for broken promises because they are often girls who start training at 5 years-old with the hope to one day perform the dying swan and then at some point they are told: sorry, you are too tall, or too heavy. So I think this is a nice symbol," he added.

Besides working as a fashion designer Michalsky who was born in 1967 in Goettingen, runs his own design agency.

He quotes his most important inspirations as being music and photography.