German designer Michael Michalsky chose an unusual location to present his Fall/Winter 2009 collection for Berlin Fashion Week. The Zionskirche is an old church in serious need of renovation, and it perfectly set the stage for "Saints and Sinners."
The impetus for this particular collection was a reaction by the designer to Pope Benedict XVI’s archaic stand on homosexuality. Priestly robes and The Church’s current ideas about sin were literally his afflatus, from which the new collection arose.
A distinctive and colorful gleam of hope, and definitely the highlight of the collection, is the prints of stained-glass windows, repeated throughout the collection in everything from elegant silk dresses to male trousers.
Michalsky’s expressed talents live up to his philosophy, "real clothes for real people". The same authenticity is true for his provoking self-driven dramatization which brings his work to life. "Jesus Loves Me" was printed on the back of the shirt in which the designer presented himself at the end of the show.