Backstory: Aussie Michael Angel, 32, had quite a prolific styling career before launching his own line. At the age of 16, he began working the sales floor at contemporary label Saba, becoming its visual creative supervisor eight years later. Subsequently, he logged hours with companies from the Melbourne Fashion Festival to streetwear label Vicious Threads, where he was creative director, to sports juggernaut Oakley, which hired Angel to revamp the line in 2000. Maybelline, V Magazine, Rolling Stone — he's styled for them all as well. But he's an artist, too, quietly churning out a steady stream of paintings. This spring, he's finally putting them to use: His launch collection's focus is on his handmade prints. Collection: "I wanted to create the ultimate art smock and modernize it," says Angel about the concept behind this collection. To that end, there are a number of fluid silhouettes: unstructured gowns, shirts and hooded dresses shaped like a comfy boxer's robe. The prints, meanwhile, are bold, ranging from abstract watercolors to digital paint splatters. "I love saturated color," says Angel, who's now based in Brooklyn. "I've got a whole catalogue of my artwork I'm dying to get out."
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"