by April Tiamzon/Asianjournal.com
NEW YORK — To take part in the recently-concluded New York Fashion Week, Fil-Am men’s wear designer Andy Arcangel showcased his Fall/Winter 2008-2009 Menswear Collection with a runway show last February 7 at at one of Manhattan’s premiere dance clubs, Club Element, in the lower east side section of New York City.
Friends, loyal customers, and industry folks were among the attendees who previewed the designer’s first winter collection. The evening’s theme was influenced by military colors fused with luxury-inspired, earthen and neutral tones. His past 2 fashion shows, also held during New York fashion weeks, presented spring/summer garments.
While the designer’s role model in the industry is currently Dolce and Gabbana, his design philosophy is not exactly as high-end.
The collection featured fun going-out shirts that have been the trademark of the label for 8 years now and have been a hit with his customers who keep coming back for more. Production of new lines has officially begun this year, and thus, the collection also showcased other menswear pieces like vests, pants, and suit jackets in rich and fun wool fabrics.
The designer’s target demographic includes fun, hip, trendy customers in the New York area. The Philippine-born Arcangel moved to the US from the Philippines after graduating cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He then attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and obtained his Master’s Degree in Business from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City.
“Our customers love music,” stated Arcangel. “They listen to all kinds of music – old, new, pop, rock, r&b, electronica, etc. They never leave home without their MP3 players. And they like their clothes to reflect their fun, well-rounded, rock n roll attitude. That’s where we come in. Our clothes are fun, hip, and definitely rock ‘n roll.”
Together with business partner and good friend Dino Lomboy, they operate The Arcangel Menswear store, located in Manhattan’s East Village. The store features the menswear collections of Arcangel and other men’s products like caps, t-shirts, scarves, and pants.
Overall, 45 designs were displayed by 19 male models. Among the models for the evening were: Joey Alvarez, Jordan Brooke, Temur Dzidziguri, Jovaughn Jones, Mike Kohl, Anton Lembersky, Scott Lind, Aleksandre M, Mike Maciagiewicz, Nathan Madden, Dartel McRae, Richard Murray, Johnny Peguero, Matt Perella, Anthony Priolo, Mark Rubin, Corbin Smith, Dwyll Williams and Eugine.
|Andy Arcangel Fall/Winter 2008 Collection|