Not even frockwriter can keep up with the permutations of the NYFW calendar. After reporting that there were only two Australians left standing at NY Fashion Week, whose spring/summer 2009 season officially kicks off on September 5 - at least, that's when IMG’s Bryant Park schedule commences - IMG has just released said schedule and lo and behold, Australian expat Michael Angel (^) has opening honours.
[Another Melbourne native, Toni Maticevski, it should also be noted, appears to be tentatively pencilled in for 12.00pm on September 6].
An erstwhile Melbourne stylist, Angel worked for SABA for eight years from the age of 16, then the Melbourne Fashion Festival, the Search For A Supermodel tv series and US streetwear brand Oakley, before decamping to New York in 2004.
Angel's signature collection bowed in New York for the spring/summer 2008 season.
According to the designer's website, for the past five years Angel has:
“devoted himself to the creation of both digital and manual artwork”.
Angel's striking artwork provides one of the most distinctive elements of his debut collections, which feature simple, fluid shapes in the form of leggings, kaftans and simple T-shirt dresses and shifts in slick silks, as well as Australian merino.
As it emerges, Angel's Fall/Winter 0809 collection garnered quite some US media coverage, on such sites/publications as WWD, style.com and elle.com [above, below].
Angel is a savvy marketer, who has his own blog. Not letting sass & bide's Black Rats leggings get all the Bryanboy love moreover, Angel recently sent a pair of his own leggings to the Filippino fashion blogger, who duly blogged shots of himself in the garment:
Just prior to heading to NY in 2004, Angel told The Melbourne Age:
"I've always been more global than I have Australian. For lots of Australian artists you have to leave Australia to know you're any good."
What can we expect to see on September 5? A touch of Mercury, according to Angel, who told his blog readers on August 10:
“i've been feeling Freddie for this collection!”