On the evening of September 10, b michael AMERICA presented their Spring 2015 Couture collection at the Tents at Lincoln Center showing 45 looks for day and evening. Said the designer, “This collection…continues my vision to create a genre of taste that is inspired by The Art Of Advanced American Style, from the Shirt-Dress to the Red-Carpet; It’s Back To The Future.”
Right from the start, B Michael was fated to be a fashion designer. Growing up in Durham, Connecticut, he found early inspirations in his mother. Her creativity and keen sense of style passed on to her son, and like his eclectic family tree, b michael AMERICA incorporates the fantastic with understated cool, sensational color with elegance and emotion with design.
A former account executive for a Wall Street firm, B Michael decided to pursue his creative side and launched a successful millinery line after designing for Oscar de La Renta and Louis Feraud among others. The designer launched his first couture collection in 1999 with the help of PR Guru Eleanor Lambert. As with his approach to millinery, his designs exuded a glamorous clean aesthetic. He has shown his collection in Beijing, China, Korea, and Shanghai.
Particular to b michael AMERICA, he heightens his couture aesthetic by infusing emotions, such as joy, adding a discernible feeling and festive mood to his creations. The designer describes his signature style, “It is a modern approach to glamour. It is also about achieving a very sophisticated, yet simplistic look.” His collections have garnered appreciative fans including socialites and personalities such as Cicely Tyson for the Tony Awards, Nancy Wilson’s gown in the Smithsonian, Whitney Houston’s wardrobe for Sparkle, Tamara Tunie, Amy Fine Collins, Beyonce Knowles, Colleen Atwood, Lena Horne, Lynn Whitfield, as well as Angela Bassett.
B Michael is no homebody either; you might find him in some of New York’s trendiest spots. In 1998, B Michael became a member of the CFDA, an organization known to recognize America’s leading fashion and accessory designers. Always willing to take on new challenges, he is a guest lecturer at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and serves on several charitable advisory boards, including the Dream Yard Project, Youth America Grand Prix, and Cicely Tyson School of Performing And Fine Arts.